Ki Sisah

Face to Face

Jul 13, 2020 |

The holy Baal Shem Tov used the following, simple analogy to express a deeply foundational teaching. When a strong light shining behind a person causes his shadow to be cast over a body of water, the further the person is, the larger the shadow will be. As the person approaches the water, the shadow gets smaller and smaller, until, when he comes as close to the water as possible, the shadow is the same size as his actual body. This…

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The Hidden Half

Jul 13, 2020 |

“This they shall give…half a shekel…to atone for your souls.” Our parsha opens with the necessity of taking census with the machatzis hashekel which would then be used for the Mishkan. Many tzaddikim ask why the census was specifically taken with half-shekels. Wouldn’t it have been more efficient for each Jewish person to have given one full shekel? The Nesivos Shalom answers with the following. The Jewish nation is made up of 600,000 individual root souls which are embodied in…

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