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Sunday, 18 September 2011 11:17

when the truth hurts

Written by rabbi benjamin ehrenfeld

art-bandaidThe truth can hurt sometimes, a lot. In fact, Moses’ words to the Jewish people in parashat Nitzavim-Vayelech contain some of the most difficult truths. For one, the people are told that they will fall short of the Torah, and that this will eventually lead to terrible misfortune. We might try to avoid this painful truth by assuming that Moses’ words only applied to the people he was speaking to at the time.

Thursday, 16 December 2010 10:47

to be or not to be

Written by rebbetzin malkah

art-burningbushTruth: The soul is created from the place of the Holy Spirit, as it is written (Bereishit 2:7): "And He breathed into his nostrils the soul of life."  It is hewn from a place of purity and created from the Celestial Radiance, from the Throne of Glory.  And there is no falsehood above, in the place of the Holy of Holies, but all is truth, as it is written (Yirmeyahu 10:10): "And Hashem God is truth."  I have found it written (Shemot 3:14): "I will be what I will be" [eheyeh asher eheyeh], and (Yirmehayu 10:10): "And Hashem God is truth; He is the Living God and the Eternal King."  Derive from this that God, the Holy One Blessed be He is truth; for the eheyeh, whose gematria [numerical equivalent] is twenty-one, is found twenty-one times [twenty-one multiplied by twenty-one equals 441, the gematria of emet, [truth]. And the gematria of the word eheyeh itself is twenty-one [so that eheyeh asher eheyeh,  being understood as a compounding of ehyeh, would, in itself, give the same result.                         

--Rabbi Shraga Silverstein, Orchot Tzadikim (The Ways of the Tzadikim), The Gate of Truth

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