Hashem's Creations

Tending the Vines

Throughout Tanach, "Hashem's vineyard" (see Isaiah 5:7, for example) is a metaphor for the Land of Israel and the vines symbolize the Jewish People. On the Sabbath, we sing the ancient "Dror Yikra" sonnet that was composed over a thousand years ago by Donash ben Labert from Spain, where he alludes to a prophecy in Jeremiah 2:21 when Hashem promises that He will replant the "cuttings" - those who have been cut off from their ancient homeland - in His vineyard. As such, the flourishing vineyards in the Land of Israel are a clear sign of the imminent redemption and ingathering of the exiles, as is we see today with our own eyes.


The Butterfly

Today's shiur is dedicated to the loving memory of Hannah Suzanne Margaret Callen, ob'm

Many people have tremendous difficulty in coping with the concept of death and believing in life after death, which is the Thirteenth tenet of our faith. The Almighty helps us understand with His own living parable of life after death, the butterfly. 

The Butterfly from lazerbrody on Vimeo.


Spiritual Math: Absolute Value and Channeling Your Power

The Creator gave you the power to attain greatness. If you haven't yet done that, it's not because you lack talent and ability; it's simply because you haven't yet channeled your power in the right direction. Today's podcast is a must-hear for your realization of potential and personal development. Enjoy, and have a lovely Shabbat!


Rattlesnakes and Wild Boars

Shavua Tov and warmest regards from Houston, Texas. G-d willing, we'll be boarding a plane to my beloved home in the Land of Israel later today (Sunday) and arriving on Monday, hopefully in time to vote in the elections. I urge everyone in Israel to get out and vote.

Life in this world is like crossing a dangerous desert, but anyone who sticks to the path avoids the many perils that are as soon as someone veers from the path, as we learn in today's lesson, which was filmed in the desert of Arizona on the trail to McDowell Peak: