Living Life Purposefully:the lessons of the matza

PESACH STUDY SERIES, ShorashimMoshe 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


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

Vayikra ;To Beckon

Torah for the Portion of Vayikra, Leviticus 1:1–5:26:Moshe Kempinskiwww.shorashimshop.comThe book of Vayikra (Leviticus) is all about coming close in our relationship with Hashem. That is the source of the Hebrew word for the sacrifices (korbanot) described so extensively in this book of Vayikra. That word, Korban, is rooted in another Hebrew word KAROV, describing closeness. … Read more


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