Will-Power (Terumah 5775)

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Will is the initiator and the energy that underpins a choice and powers its conversion to action. Terumah 5775 © Rabbi David Lapin, 2015 What the Midrash Means Series - 1:15 _________________________________ Power is the way we experience energy. When electricity provides us with power, we experience its energy. We experience the energy of others when we feel the power of their personalities. When we experience G-d’s power in our lives, we feel His energy. The most potent energy we can experience is when we feel the power of another’s will. Simply, the term willpower, connotes ..

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Terumah 5772: What do you want?

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There are so many things I would like to do but don't because I don't have the time or resources to do them. I hear myself so often saying, if or when I have the time and the resources I will do such and such. Some of the things I postpone or even eliminate from the realm of possibility are important to me, they are things I want to do and believe I should but just don't have the time or resources. So often I feel trapped by the limitation of resources. I have a sense that I am not the only person trapped in the limited time and resource conundrum. Many of us eliminate exci..


Parashat Teruma 5768: Making Sense of Sacrifice: Reflections from Yad Vashem

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Shmot, 25 Sacrifice on Purpose While reading the small print of the Ba’al Haturim’s commentary onParshat Teruma, an idea leapt out at me: He quotes Rabbi Avahu’s observation that when Hashem asks the Jewish people to donate some of their precious commodities to the building of the Mishkan (Temple), He commands Moshe to speak to them without coercion; gently and persuasively. “Even for elicit donations for the construction of G-d’s Temple to be used for Israel’s own atonement, He demands that Moshe speak gently and respectfully to them. What (punishment) then lies in..


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