Torah: Black Fire On White Fire

When we think about a Torah scroll, we usually only consider the letters themselves, written in black ink. Yet, the Talmud (Menachot 29a) rules that every letter in a Torah scroll must be completely surrounded by parchment in a requirement called mukaf gevil. The white parchment around the letters is an integral part of the Torah; without it, …

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The Multiplistic Voice of GOD: Each According To Their Need

The Talmudic Sages said that “There are 70 Faces Of Torah” שבעים פנים לתורה — Shiv’im Panim L’Torah. (Bamidbar Rabbah 13:15-16). In Psalms 29:4 it is stated "the voice of GD is in strength." קול יהוה בכח Rabbi Yochanan said, “The voice of GOD will be relayed to the people in 70 different languages.” We …

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Lilith – Adam’s First Wife – Battle Of The Sexes!

The Lilith story originates from the Alphabet of Ben Sira (between 700 and 1000 CE). Ben Sira was an allegorist and medieval Jewish scribe from the golden city of Jerusalem/Yerushalayim. Lilith was not created from a part of Adam’s body or his person. Nor was she an afterthought. She was her own person, created on …

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Spirit Animals In Judaism

The most notorious talking animal in the Torah is the snake (nachash) in Gan Eden (Garden of Eden). More about the snake later. Yep, we have spirit animals in Jewish literature (Torah, Midrash and folklore) and they converse with humans! All are meant to mentor or impart a message, as spirit animals do. I love …

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