Michael writes, "Recognizing that there are some things have not been revealed to us and that we must trust the LORD to know what is best is an act of faith. That does not mean that we cannot search out the unknown and ask questions, but it does mean that we may never find the answers for which we are looking."
"By dwelling in sukkot every year, we are faced with the reality of our human frailty and immortality. Just like the sukkah, our earthly bodies are but temporary dwelling places."
Michael writes, "Often, the Word of the LORD through the prophet Isaiah in chapter 58 is held up to show that the fast of Yom Kippur is no longer acceptable (Isaiah 58.3-5). But look again."
Michael writes, "Between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur lies Shabbat Shuvah, and Parashat Ha’azinu (Deuteronomy 32.1-52). It begins with what is known as the Song of Moshe (Deuteronomy 32.1-43), which encapsulates Israel’s somewhat turbulent history to date"
Michael writes, "Often when we read the Tanakh, we get the impression that it is primarily male oriented, and at least slightly misogynistic. But this week’s parasha begins with an all-inclusive call to..."
Michael writes, "The parasha begins however, with two essential things that had to be dealt with when entering into the Land."
Michael writes, "This concept of communal action to guard the “sanctity” of the community is not limited to ancient Israel. Rav Shaul writes to the believers in Corinth..."
Michael writes, "The very beginning of this parasha links justice with the avoidance of idolatry. Later in the Parasha, there is a passage that is most troubling for modern sensibilities – 'from the cities of these peoples, which ADONAI your God is giving you as an inheritance, you must not let anything that breathes live'."
Michael writes, "Regardless of the situation in which we find ourselves, we have the promise from HaShem that He will never forget us, and that in the end our children with have His shalom as a legacy."
Michael writes, "While discipline and judgement of sin and iniquity will surly come, Israel will not be left alone or abandoned, she is and always will be the chosen, am segula of ADONAI."