Index
A
Abraham
brit milah, 37, 42
challenging Sodom, 46
humility, 39
morning prayer, 65
name change, 51
walking before God, 28
afterlife, 207
Aggadah, study of, 348
agriculture, 217
Akeidah (Binding of Isaac), 49
Amalek, 128
angels, 227
animal rights, 173, 185, 203, 319
art, 145
asceticism, 211, 302, 351
B
Babylonia, staying in, 219
bamot (private altars), 252
banners in the desert, 227,230
Betzalel
appointment, 167
wisdom, 145
Binding of Isaac. See Akeidah
Birkat Hamazon (grace after meals), 236,
307
Birkat Haminim, 275
Birkat Kohanim (priestly benediction),
236
bitachon (reliance on God ), 137
brit milah, 37, 42
burial, 53
C
chametz, symbolism, 113
Chanukah, 78
cheilev (forbidden fats), 185
chok (commandment without known
reason), 203
circumcision. See brit milah
convert who wanted to be High Priest,
153
creation, 21
D
David, 91
death
illusion of, 207
purpose of, 54
rescinding, 256
two aspects, 96
desert, transient nature, 244
Deuteronomy, prophetic level of, 289
donkey of the Messiah, 127
dreams
interpreting, 83
purpose of, 83
E
Eretz Yisrael
Torah of, 26
two loves for, 303
evil eye, 86, 93
evolution, 23
exile
nature of, 81
purpose of, 88, 218
Ezra, 291, 343
F
faith in God, 70
first-born, 60
first-fruits procession, 334
free will and causality, 329
freedom, 113
G
God
appreciating, 236
atonement for, 278
cleaving to, 297
contemplating, 111
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loving, 301
our concept of, 346
serving with joy, 332
H
Hebrew alphabet
double letters, 221
switching letterforms, 292, 343
Hebron, 53
Hezekiah
hiding medical texts, 137
Hillel, 153
human dignity, 322
humility, 40
I
idolatry, 271
imagination, 37, 40, 92, 171
incense, special power, 256
intellect and emotions, 280
Isaac
established afternoon prayer, 65
loved Esau, 61
J
Jacob
connection to Torah, 230
did not die, 95
evening prayer, 65
holding Esau’s heel, 62
stealing the blessings, 60
struggling with angel, 58
two names, 58
wholeness, 73
Jewish people
accepting the Torah, 134, 136, 143
need for exile, 218
not returning to Egypt, 116
pre-messianic generation, 127
two aspects of holiness, 125
Joseph
and evil eye, 86, 93
selling of, 78
Jubilee year, 213
K
kodesh and kodesh-kodashim, 156
kohanim
alienation from, 234
honoring, 187
no contact with death, 207
supporting, 318
two roles, 188
Korach, 252
L
Land of Israel. See Eretz Yisrael
leadership, 161, 167
life after death, 207
Lot, 46
M
Machpelah cave, 53
matzeivah (pillar), 253
mayim acharonim (washing after meals),
44
men and women, differences, 381
Menorah, 239
mikveh (ritual bath), 190
miracles
order in, 108
purpose of, 137
relying on, 70, 137
splitting of the Red Sea, 122
Miriam, 241, 263
Mishkan (Tabernacle)
building, 145
gold fasteners, 169
symbolism, 150
tachash coverings, 148
mitzvot
motivation for keeping, 354
rationale for, 327
Moses
connection to Torah, 231
Deuteronomy, 287
God’s servant, 355
golden calf, 161
hiding his face, 101
misjudging Israel, 103
Moses and Ezra, 291
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prophetic level, 289
Mussar (ethical texts), 344
N
Noah, 28
Noahide code, 35
O
Og, battle against, 294
P
Pe’or, 271
phylacteries. See tefillin
Pinchas, genuine zealotry, 275
prayer
afternoon prayer, 56
Aleinu prayer, 299
Birkat Hamazon, 236, 307
Birkat Haminim, 275
Birkat Kohanim, 236
eating before, 205
inner prayer of the soul, 56
length of, 241
minyan (prayer quorum), 258
set place for, 39
Shema prayer, 249, 301
three daily prayers, 65
preventive medicine, 324
priesthood. See kohanim
priestly benediction. See Birkat Kohanim
prophecy
Moses and other prophets, 289
preparation for, 159
three stages of, 182
public service, 131
R
rabbis, honoring, 188
rainbow, 34
Rebecca, loved Jacob, 62
rebellious son, 324
reliance on God, 137
repentance. See teshuvah
Reuben’s sin, 75
reward and punishment in this world,
163
ritual purity. See taharah
S
Sabbath
eternal holiness, 243
lighting fire, 165
sacrifices
from animals, 173
Olah offering, 182
versus fasting, 177
Sarah, name change, 51
sephirot, purpose of study, 297
sha’atnez, 202
Shamai, 153
Shema prayer, 249, 301
Shemitah (Sabbatical year), 213, 216, 314
Shemuel HaKatan, 275
shepherds as philosophers, 91
Sinai, 134
skepticism, purpose of, 71
slavery, 140, 214
Sodom, 44, 46
Sotah (suspected adulteress), 233
splitting of the Red Sea, 122
T
Tabernacle. See Mishkan
tachash, 148
taharah (ritual purity), 190, 192, 282
techelet, 247, 250
technology, 165
tefillin, 119
shin with four strokes, 179
Temple service
animal sacrifices, 173
beyond our imagination, 171
priestly benediction, 187
Rosh Chodesh, 278
ultimate objective, 182
vs. fasting, 177
Yom Kippur, 198, 200
teshuvah (repentance), 210, 339
tithing in order, 336
Torah
as a song, 344
balance of black and white, 179
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benefits of study, 191
blessing over studying, 307
ideological battles, 266
of the Land of Israel, 26
of Rabbi Meir, 129
revelation at Sinai, 30, 136, 143
switching of letterforms, 292, 343
teaching for free, 325
Torah and Jewish people, 143
Torah and livelihood, 310
total dedication to, 261
Written and Oral, 75, 130
tzaddik
atonement by death, 263
influence of, 68
Tzelofchad, 243
tzitz (High Priest’s head plate), 156
tzitzit (ritual fringes), 246, 249
V
vegetarianism, 31, 319
vows, keeping, 280
Y
Yom Kippur, 210
Z
zealotry, 275