Jerusalem Insights

Hanna Senesh ( one of the modern heroines of Israel 1921-1944)

by Judith Tydor BaumelOne of the more poignant songs included in many Holocaust memorial convocations held in Israel, is a short poem, set to music, known popularly as “Eli, Eli.” The four-line poem, actually entitled “Walking to Caesarea,” was written by one of the more mythological figures in contemporary Jewish and Israeli history, Hannah Szenes, … Read more

Living Life Purposefully:the lessons of the matza

PESACH STUDY SERIES, ShorashimMoshe Kempinskiwww.shorashimshop.com To commemorate and spiritually relive the Exodus from Egypt, the Jewish people are commanded by the Torah to celebrate the holiday of Pesach and are prohibited to eat or even to possess any Chametz (leaven) in their home: “During these seven days no leaven may be found in your homes. … Read more

THE SMALL ALEPH

Torah Portion VaYikra Leviticus 1:1–5:26Moshe Kempinskiwww.shorashimshop.comThe book of VaYikra ( Leviticus) begins with a mystery. The verse reads “And He called( VaYikra) to Moses, and HaShem spoke to him from the Tent of Meeting, saying, (Leviticus 1:1). The word VaYikra (and He called) ends with the letter “Aleph “that is shrunken in size. Our sages … Read more

THE BEGINNING OF AN ETERNAL DIALOG

Moshe Kempinski Parshat Mishpatim Exodus 21:1–24:18 After the awesome and somewhat frightening experience at the foot of Mount Sinai we read the following: “And these ( Ve-Eileh) are the ordinances that you shall set before them.” (Exodus 21:1) Rashi explains that the words ”, “And these,-Ve-Eileh” are meant to add another dimension  to what has been previously stated … Read more