The Festival of Pentecost (Shavuot)

The Festival of Pentecost (Shavuot) CHAPTER 6 And you shall celebrate the Feast of Weeks, that is, the first fruits of the wheat harvest… (Exodus [Shemot] 34:22 NAS). You shall count seven weeks for yourself; you shall begin to count seven weeks from the time you begin to put the sickle to the standing grain. Then you shall celebrate the Feast of Weeks to the Lord … Continue reading The Festival of Pentecost (Shavuot)

The Nash Papyrus – An Ancient Witness

The Nash Papyrus –An Ancient Witness Several years ago I heard about a most remarkable document. This ancient document, known as the Nash Papyrus has survived as an ancient witness to some of Israel’s most important words relating to religious life and conduct for humanity. The document is a single page consisting of four precious fragments of text written in Hebrew Script. It was acquired … Continue reading The Nash Papyrus – An Ancient Witness

The Big Ten

No document in world history so changed the world for the better as did the Ten Commandments. Western civilization — the civilization that developed universal human rights, created women’s equality, ended slavery, created parliamentary democracy among other unique achievements — would not have developed without them. As you will see when each of the Ten Commandments is explained, these commandments are as relevant today as … Continue reading The Big Ten

The Cure for Envy

You must not desire your fellow’s house. (Exodus 20:14) G-d provides each of us with all the resources–possessions, talents, and strengths–that we require to fulfill our unique mission in life. We each achieve our ultimate fulfillment by dedicating these resources to our Divine mission and utilizing them to heighten the awareness of G-d in the world. Any resources that G-d has not provided us with … Continue reading The Cure for Envy

The 12 Commandments

The Two Commandments Matthew 22:34-40 34But when the Pharisees heard that He had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. 35Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, 36″Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” 37Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your … Continue reading The 12 Commandments

New Revelation

Themes of Shavuot (Pentecost)New Revelation One theme of Shavuot (Pentecost) is a new revelation of G-d’s will (Leviticus [Vayikra] 23:15-16,21). Two notable historical events happened on this day. The giving of the Ten Commandments or the Torah.It should be noted here that the Hebrew word Torah, commonly translated as “law” in English, does not mean “law,” but “instruction or teaching” in the Hebrew language. By understanding the meaning of the … Continue reading New Revelation

Ten Commandments

The Ten Commandments: The Inside Story By Naftali Silberberg The Ten Commandments were engraved on two tablets. The five commandments etched on the first tablet deal with man’s relationship with G‑d; the second tablet contains five commandments which concern man’s relationship with his fellow man. Of the 613 biblical commandments, G‑d selected these ten commandments for special attention. He directly communicated them to the Jews … Continue reading Ten Commandments