"O L-RD, Who are my power and my strength and my refuge in the day of trouble, to You nations will come from the ends of the earth and say, 'Only lies have our fathers handed down to us, emptiness in which there is nothing of any avail! Can a man make gods for himself, and they are no gods? 'Therefore, behold I let them know; at this time I will let them know My power and My might, and they shall know that My Name is the L-RD".
Jeremiah 16:19-21

Genesis – The Garden of Eden

The First Ten Questions …

March 17, 2012

Questions come from doubt. Doubt comes from sin. Sin comes from illusion. The Torah was given to save us from false illusions. By Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburgh Illusion is in the mind. The primordial sin, a physical act, was perpetrated from hand to mouth (taking and eating the forbidden fruit). Doubt is in the heart. From […]

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Cain and Abel – The World’s First Murder

January 8, 2012

Why does God reject Cain’s gift? Doesn’t He know that favoritism can lead to sibling rivalry?  Read Article by Rabbi David Fohrman MORE ARTICLES   The Enigmatic Genius of Cain The World’s First Murder, Part 2 by Rabbi David FohrmanThe story of Cain and Abel is not a simple scenario of sibling rivalry.   Echoes of Eden […]

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Serpents of Desire – Garden of Eden

January 8, 2012

Beyond the Lullaby Effect: Reading the Bible with open eyes. by Rabbi David Fohrman MORE ARTICLES   Adam, Eve and the Elephant in the Room – Serpents of Desire, Part 1 by Rabbi David FohrmanWhy would God want to withhold a knowledge of good and evil from us?   A Tale of Two Trees – Serpents of […]

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Judaism in a Nutshell – GOD

January 8, 2012

This booklet is quite outstanding and simple reading, as always with Judaism it makes absolute sense. Highly recommended.  Shimon Apisdorf is an award-winning author whose books have been read by hundreds of thousands of people around the world. He has gained a world-wide reputation for his ability to extract the essence of classical Jewish wisdom and […]

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Path of Abraham – Biblical Allusions to the 7 Laws

January 8, 2012

Biblical allusions to one of the following 7: IDOLATRY BLASPHEMY MURDER SEXUAL IMMORALITY STEALING JUSTICE MEAT Blessed is HaShem, Mighty One of Israel, Master of the Universe, the One Alone True, who opens the eyes of man to see wonderous things in His Torah. The Almighty commanded 6 categorical laws to Adam. These were to […]

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Adam’s Sin and Punishment

November 9, 2011

Rabbi Israel Chait In order to appreciate the entire sequence of events concerning man’s creation, we must analyze the appropriate verses. In Genesis, chapter two, verse seven, it states, “Then the Lord G-d formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living […]

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Q & A Noahide vs. Torah Law

August 21, 2011

by Moshe Ben-Chaim   Doug: During a session today of my class on Fundamentals of Torah for Non- Jews, one of the participants asked about the verse in Genesis to be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth and subdue it, etc. This person wondered about that as a commandment. My understanding from Rabbi Chait is that […]

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The Inner Adversary

July 16, 2011

Embedded within each of us is a spiritual challenge system. by Dr. Alan Morinis Even if you know what is good, right and desirable, it isn’t so simple just to act that way. No sooner does an inclination to do something good come into your mind or heart than up pops an objection. It might be […]

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Q & A – A Very Good Comparison of the Good and Evil Inclination ….

July 16, 2011

By Frances Q. What is the good and evil inclination? A. The evil inclination is that which tempts us, the good inclination is what we use to fight the ‘evil inclination’ I am pretty sure that I mentioned to you some time back about Star Wars Episode V The Empire Strikes Back, when Luke Skywalker […]

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Serpents of Desire: The Dark Side of Paradise – Part Three

June 12, 2011

The Mystery of the walking, talking snake. The Bible is laden with conflicts between characters who exemplify good and evil. And while our sympathies may lie with the character who aligns himself with the “good,” he or she is not always the center of the story. Consider, as an example, the narrative of Cain and […]

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Serpents of Desire: A Tale of Two Trees – Part Two

June 12, 2011

Mankind’s undetermined nature, perched precariously between mortality and immortality. by Rabbi David Fohrman Until now, we’ve concentrated on the mysterious “Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.” But there was more than one special tree in the garden. For God also created a second, mysterious tree in Paradise — the Tree of Life:   God made […]

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Serpents of Desire: Adam and Eve and the Elephant in the Room – Part One

June 12, 2011

Why would God want to withhold a knowledge of good and evil from us? by Rabbi David Fohrman Okay, you’ve taken some time to re-read the story of Adam, Eve and the Snake. Hopefully, you’ve read it with fresh eyes, and asked yourself that very basic of questions: “What is strange about this picture?” Before getting to […]

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Serpents of Desire: Good and Evil in the Garden of Eden.

June 12, 2011

An Introduction Beyond the Lullaby Effect: Reading the Bible with open eyes. by Rabbi David Fohrman Paradoxically enough, a big problem we have in studying the Bible is that the stories are so familiar to us. No matter where you grew up, no matter what level of education you’ve had, you’ve come across the story of […]

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