Rabbi Benjamin Hecht On Saturday, February 4th, 2017

GOLD and SILVER

Facebook0 Twitter Google Plus0 Pinterest0 Email When one considers the inherent nature of a Divine command, the concept that immediately comes to mind is its inherent authority. It is inherently correct to abide More...

Rabbi Benjamin Hecht On Saturday, January 28th, 2017

Freedom, Reverence and Action

Facebook0 Twitter Google Plus0 Pinterest0 Email When we think of the actual process of the Exodus, we perceive the first step to be God commanding Moshe Rabbeinu to go to Pharaoh to demand of the king of Egypt More...

Rabbi Benjamin Hecht On Saturday, January 14th, 2017

COMMUNICATION

Facebook0 Twitter Google Plus0 Pinterest0 Email After the death of Yaakov Avinu, Bereishit 50:15 informs us that the brothers were concerned that Yosef would act harshly with them in response to how they originally More...

Rabbi Benjamin Hecht On Saturday, January 7th, 2017

TORAH and CONTEXT

Facebook0 Twitter Google Plus0 Pinterest0 Email Reading a Biblical text seems to so many people to be so easy. The stories seem to be quite straightforward; the lessons to be learned almost obvious, the messages More...

Rabbi Benjamin Hecht On Thursday, January 5th, 2017

Changing Lifesyles

Facebook0 Twitter Google Plus0 Pinterest0 Email With the recent survey conducted by Nishma Research (no connection to this Nishma) on why people leave Orthodoxy the issue of “Off the Derech” (a subject which More...

Rabbi Benjamin Hecht On Friday, December 30th, 2016

Why Chanukah Isn’t About What You Think It’s About

Facebook0 Twitter Google Plus0 Pinterest0 Email There are many misconceptions regarding the holiday of Chanukah. One is that it is essentially a celebration of a victory in a war of independence which the Maccabees More...

Rabbi Benjamin Hecht On Monday, December 26th, 2016

The HUMAN CONDITION

Facebook0 Twitter Google Plus0 Pinterest0 Email (The following was originally posted in Nishma) The behavior of the sons of Yaakov Avinu in the concluding parshiot [sections] of Sefer Bereishit raises many questions. More...

Rabbi Benjamin Hecht On Saturday, December 10th, 2016

The BACKDROP of MITZVOT

Facebook6 Twitter Google Plus0 Pinterest0 Email The famous Mishna from T.B. Makkot 23b states, in the name of Rabbi Chananya ben Akashya, that God wished to benefit the Jewish People so He gave them an abundance More...

Rabbi Benjamin Hecht On Thursday, December 1st, 2016

The Ethic of Nations: Balancing the National With the Universal

Facebook0 Twitter Google Plus0 Pinterest0 Email Many of us find it difficult to understand how various nation states arrive at the ethical standards which they then apply in making decisions. In one way, there More...

Rabbi Benjamin Hecht On Saturday, November 26th, 2016

CHOOSING the ONE

Facebook0 Twitter Google Plus0 Pinterest0 Email   In viewing Avraham Avinu’s directive to Eliezer1 to go to our forefather’s birthplace2 to find a wife for Yitzchak, we may wonder what was the overriding More...

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