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Rabbi Moshe Wisnefsky

Moshe Wisnefsky studied ecology at UCLA and graduated yeshiva in Safed, Israel. He is one of the founders of Ascent Institute, Safed, and is the editor of Gal Einai publications. He currently studies Kabbalah, Chassidism and rabbinics in Jerusalem.


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Are You Happily Ever After?

Romance. Passion. Love unrequited due to cruel twists of fate, or achieved due to good luck. These are the kind of romantic tensions that drive the plotlines of everything from dime novels and popular cinema to classic literary masterpieces. These love stories usually end with either catastrophic or blissful...

Jewish Astrology?

Sefer Yetzirah, one of the first Jewish books ever written, reveals the secrets of Jewish astrology. Throughout the Bible, Talmud and Code of Jewish Law there are fascinating descriptions of how G-d channels His life force into our world through heavenly bodies. At the same time, when one is connected to the Torah...

Exodus Chapter 1

Prelude to Slavery 1 Even though the Torah enumerated Jacob’s sons by name when they came into Egypt, 1 it does so again here, when they die, in order to indicate how dear they were to God: These are the names of the sons of Israel who came to Egypt; each man and his household came with Jacob: 2...

Overview of Parshat Vaeira

Parashat Vaeira encompasses the first seven of the ten plagues, the cataclysms G-d utilized to demonstrate to the Jews, the Egyptians, and the whole world that He is the sole master over creation and all its forces. In this context, the term Vaeira (“And I appeared”) is quite applicable to the content...

Overview of Parshat Shemot

In the Book of Exodus, we see the seeds planted by the forefathers sprout: their descendants are transformed into a nation, receive their code of life—the Torah, and prepare to fulfill their mission in life by building the Tabernacle, G-d’s “home” on earth. Thus, the Hebrew name of the Book...

Parshah Overview: Bo

Parashat Bo contains the narrative of the final three plagues, culminating in the dramatic release of the Jewish people from their oppressive exile and the first leg of their momentous journey into the desert. In this parashah, we witness the mighty Egyptian empire brought to its knees, its idols crushed, and its...

Parshah Overview: Beshalach

Parashat Beshalach encompasses many major events, both sublime and momentous: the first stages of the Exodus, the miraculous splitting of the Sea of Reeds and the Divine revelations that attended it, the subsequent song of praise, the descent of the heavenly manna and quails, and the victorious battle against...

Parshah Overview: Yitro

The central event of parashat Yitro is the Giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai. All the events recorded in the Torah, beginning with the creation of the world, have been leading up to this point. Through giving the Torah, God is about to fulfill the purpose for which He created the world: to make it into His home....

Parshah Overview: Mishpatim

The sequence of events covered in parashat Mishpatim appears quite confusing. In parashat Yitro, the Torah recounted all the preparations for the Giving of the Torah up to halfway through the 4th of Sivan, omitted the events of the rest of the fourth and fifth days and continued with the account of the Giving of...

Parshah Overview: Terumah

God created this physical world in order to make it His home. This goal was achieved for an elusive moment when the world was first created, but the miscalculations and wrongdoings of the early generations of mankind forced the Divine presence to progressively retreat into increasingly distant spiritual realms. The...

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