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Naso 5775: Enjoy Your Wine!

May 29, 2015
Naso 5775: Enjoy Your Wine!

God wants us to drink wine. That’s my favorite conclusion from thinking about this week’s Torah reading, Naso. In this week’s parsha we learn about the nazir, sort of a Jewish version of a monk. When a person decides to take on a vow to be a nazir, he shall abstain from wine and...
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Counting the Omer Day 49: Malchut of Malchut

May 22, 2015
Counting the Omer Day 49: Malchut of Malchut

Malchut of Malchut. Sovereignty of sovereignty, leadership of leadership. We’re there. The last day of the counting of the omer. We are standing at Sinai, ready to receive the Torah. Malchut of malchut is the point of actualization. Putting everything into action. Bringing ourselves, our personalities, into the world. The 49 days of the...
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Counting the Omer Day 48: Yesod of Malchut

May 22, 2015
Counting the Omer Day 48: Yesod of Malchut

Yesod of Malchut. Bonding / foundation of sovereignty / leadership. Today is the 48th day of the counting of the omer. When our ancestors were at Sinai, they were in the final stages of preparation for receiving the Torah. Today is the day to question whether we’ve integrated all the previous elements of leadership....
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Counting the Omer Day 47: Hod of Malchut

May 20, 2015
Counting the Omer Day 47: Hod of Malchut

Hod of Malchut. Glory/humility of sovereignty/leadership. Great leaders are confident, but they are also humble. They are not afraid to admit they don’t know something; they are not afraid to seek counsel. A leader is not chosen because he/she knows everything. There’s a legend that says someone was once criticizing Henry Ford’s lack of...
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Counting the Omer Day 46: Netzach of Malchut

May 20, 2015
Counting the Omer Day 46: Netzach of Malchut

Netzach of Malchut. Endurance in Sovereignty (Leadership). Effective leadership needs endurance – and endurance’s companion, consistency. Moses had a goal – bringing his people to the Holy Land. He stuck with it for forty long years. He didn’t give up, along the way, although there were times when he was tempted, as when he...
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Counting the Omer Day 45: Tiferet of Malchut

May 19, 2015
Counting the Omer Day 45: Tiferet of Malchut

Tiferet of Malchut. Compassion of sovereignty/leadership. One of my daughters is studying for her Tanakh bagrut (Bible portion of her matriculation exams) and last night I was studying with her (any excuse to study Torah with my kids!) and the subject was “leadership.” We were looking at Exodus chapter 2 to see if we...
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