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Rabbi Max Weiman

Max Weiman was raised in Philadelphia and studied classical music and fine art. After university, he received rabbinic ordination from the Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem. He now lives in St. Louis and authors the website kabbalahmadeeasy.com
Harmonious Cycle

Harmonious Cycle

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The final section of the Torah contains a list of blessings. Blessings also come at the beginning. From beginning to end, the Torah is for our ...


Joy and Enlightenment

Joy and Enlightenment

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Most of this week's Torah portion is a song. This is reflected in the Torah scroll itself, the way the words are laid out on the parchment - in two ...


Journey to the Upper Realm

Journey to the Upper Realm

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This week's parsha discusses the death of our teacher, Moses, and uses the words, "Moses went, and spoke these words to all of Israel." ...


Inner Knowledge

Inner Knowledge

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One of the most poignant and enigmatic sections in the Torah appears in this week's parsha: This commandment that I am commanding you today, is ...


Impure Motives

Impure Motives

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Some Torah passages appear to describe severe punishments for not following the commandments. From beginning to end, the Torah emphasizes love, ...


See the Future

See the Future

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Our parsha begins: "When you go out to war..." (Deut. 21:10). This describes a strange arrangement in the Torah: When a soldier goes out ...


True Justice

True Justice

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In order for there to be peace, there has to be judges and judgment. Being a judge is one of the harder jobs in the world, yet it must be done. We ...


Shades of Gray

Shades of Gray

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"See I put before you today a blessing and a curse" (Deut. 11:26). This is a poignant phrase from a densely evocative section of the ...


Greatness in the Details

Greatness in the Details

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The Torah has many ways of implying different levels of importance with commandments. Some have the promise of long life or other blessings. Some ...


Prayer & Meditation

Prayer & Meditation

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As part of Jewish tradition, Moses knew of God's promise to bring us to the Holy Land, where serving God would meet its perfection. Moses' heartfelt ...


Introspecting for Growth

Introspecting for Growth

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When the fifth and final book of the Torah was composed, it expressed itself differently than the other four books. Of course, each of the five ...


 Be Normal

Be Normal

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There are 613 commandments in the Torah, but there are also unspoken commandments, common sense things the Almighty wants us to figure out on our ...


What's Your Mission?

What's Your Mission?

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This week's parsha (Numbers, ch. 25) describes an extremely unusual incident that seems to contradict much of Jewish ideals. Up until now, the Torah ...


Real Power

Real Power

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What would you do if you were one of the world's greatest magicians? Not like David Blaine or slight-of-hand magic, but real magic. Would you sell ...


Shades of Gray

Shades of Gray

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Some things in life are clearly bad, like idolatry. Some things in life are clearly good, like feeding the poor. In Numbers 19:2, the words "chukat ...


Hell No, We Won't Go

Hell No, We Won't Go

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A Jewish view of Heaven and Hell.


Conflict Resolution

Conflict Resolution

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We are always facing conflicts of one kind or another. This is life. Actually, all of life is a matter of resolving conflicts; the universe was ...


Two Strategies For Life

Two Strategies For Life

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This Torah portion speaks about one of the monumental events that changed life for the children of Israel for future generations: The Jewish people ...


Fulfilled Desires

Fulfilled Desires

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Imagine if we lived in a world where all our desires were fulfilled. Wouldn't that be awesome? Well, maybe we do live in a world like that. In ...


The Good Fence

The Good Fence

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Two odd themes are juxtaposed in the Book of Numbers, chapters 5 and 6: the Nazir and the Sotah. A Nazir is a person who takes a special vow of ...


Be Yourself

Be Yourself

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Who you are as an individual is no accident. You were designed by an Infinite Being with extreme precision. You are you, because you were meant to ...


Walk This Way

Walk This Way

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Leviticus 26:3 says, "If you will walk in My decrees and guard My commandments and you do them..." The verses go on to list blessings we will ...


The Big Trust

The Big Trust

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At the end of the book of Leviticus - with all the offerings, Temple vessels, and priestly duties - we have a special group of commandments that may ...


The Higher Standard

The Higher Standard

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We still have people today who can trace their lineage back to biblical times. You can even find them in the phone book, under the name Cohen. Of ...


Soul Control

Soul Control

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In this week's parsha, the Torah teaches us about Love Your Neighbor: "You shall not be a gossipmonger among your people, you shall not stand aside ...


Boundary Power

Boundary Power

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The existence of the universe is an act of love from the Almighty. It is an expression of His infinite desire to give. Every molecule is a benefit ...


Metaphysical Messages

Metaphysical Messages

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When we lived in a much more spiritually-aware time, there were more open messages from the Almighty regarding our character and opportunities for ...


Necessary Negativity

Necessary Negativity

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When a woman gives birth she is tameh for one week (for a boy) and two weeks (for a girl). Tameh is usually translated as "impure," which implies ...


Holy Food

Holy Food

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In Leviticus chapter 9, the Torah discusses the priestly service, and then mentions out of context Aaron's sons, Nadav and Avihu, who died when they ...


Holy Garbage

Holy Garbage

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The first service each day in the Holy Temple was called trumat hadeshen, removal of the ashes. A kohen was instructed to take a pan and remove the ...


Kabbalistic Insights into Shvat

Kabbalistic Insights into Shvat

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Each month of the Hebrew calendar contains mystical meaning. Shvat teaches us about the wellsprings of wisdom.


The Small Aleph

The Small Aleph

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Without understanding the Hebrew text of the Torah, it will always be a foreign book to you. I often find it odd when a Christian missionary ...


It's All in the Timing

It's All in the Timing

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In this week's Torah portion, God says, "On the day of the first new moon, on the first of the month, you shall erect the Tabernacle, the Tent of ...


We Want Your Input

We Want Your Input

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In this week's Torah portion, Moses spoke to the people regarding their involvement in building the Tabernacle, the precursor to the Holy Temple ...


When It Counts

When It Counts

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A few years ago, a million-dollar prize went uncollected. The Clay Mathematics Institute offers a million dollars for the solution to any one of ...


Clothes Make the Man

Clothes Make the Man

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Clothing is a source of imagery and metaphor throughout the Torah. From the murder of Joseph, when his brothers drenched his coat in blood, to the ...


Inside and Out

Inside and Out

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Betzalel was given the task of constructing all the pieces of the Tabernacle in the desert. In making the Aharon - the box that held the Tablets of ...


Pipelines to Heaven

Pipelines to Heaven

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Rashi, at the beginning of his famous commentary on the Torah, implies that the commandments are the most important part of the Five Books of Moses. ...


Did You Hear What He Didn't Say?

Did You Hear What He Didn't Say?

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Yitro is one of the most interesting personalities in the Torah, yet he is rarely discussed. He's not a figurehead, or a forefather, or a tribal ...


What Do I Do?

What Do I Do?

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From a practical, physical standpoint, this week's Torah portion begins with something that's hard to understand. The Almighty takes the Jewish ...


Power of Three

Power of Three

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Three of the Ten Plagues appear in this week's Torah portion. The number three is actually hinted to in the name of the parsha, Bo (spelled bet, ...


Four and Ten

Four and Ten

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When God says to Moses that He is going to bring the Jews out of Egypt, He uses four different ways of saying the same thing (Exodus 6:6-7): - "I ...


Limitations and Definitions

Limitations and Definitions

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Every proper noun in the Torah has a meaning. The Hebrew word for Egypt is Mitzrayim, which means boundaries. Consequently, we understand that the ...


Twelve Tribes and Months

Twelve Tribes and Months

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The underpinnings of the universe tie together in sets of 12.


Seventy Souls

Seventy Souls

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How many different ways of looking at the same verse in the Torah do you suppose there are? Five? Ten? Fifteen? The mystical tradition says there ...


Sifting Out the Truth

Sifting Out the Truth

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Joseph has the gift of dream interpretation. This is an usual talent, especially given that Jews are not into the occult, witchcraft, superstition, ...


Leadership Assistant

Leadership Assistant

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In the personalities of the great Biblical personalities, we see patterns. Each had his own special relationship with God. Each approached his life ...


Conflict and Balance

Conflict and Balance

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From the womb, Jacob was in conflict. It seems this was his destiny. Forced by his mother to sneak the birthright, living with an uncle who tries to ...


Understanding the Angels

Understanding the Angels

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Jacob encounters angels in several places, for example during his ladder dream (Genesis 28:12), and again in Genesis 31:10 and 32:2. It seems that ...


Personal Strengths and Weakness

Personal Strengths and Weakness

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Last week we spoke about the three pillars of existence: Love (pleasure), Strength (goodness) and Truth (wisdom). Although we all have all three, ...


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