Embracing our Spiritual Mission in this World! (Rabbi E in 3-D, Korah, '81)
Rabbi Edelstein of MEOR DC discusses the destructive rebellion of Korach, rooted in his jealousy and desire to fulfill SOMEONE ELSE'S spiritual mission in this world...rather than his own! (A great essay on this topic can be found at RabbiDavidAaron.org under articles, "Spiritual Journey or Ego Trip".)
No more FREE FISH: Rising Above our Lower Selves! (Rabbi in 3-D, Beha'aloscha, '81)
Rabbi Edelstein of MEOR DC discusses the "nostalgic" longing of the Jewish people for the "free fish" of Egypt, as displayed in this week's Torah portion, and shows how the Torah is shining a clear light into our lower selves. For the sake of helping us rise to the healthy (and joyous) challenge of growth and development.
Thoughts on Shalom (Peace), As We Head to Shavuos: Rabbi E in 3 (+10!)
We long for SHALOM/peace at this difficult time in our experience as a Jewish people: both in Israel, of course, and all over the world. Including within ourselves! Rabbi Edelstein of MEOR DC discusses Shalom, and its relevance to the underappreciated holiday of Shavuos that is approaching!
A Trip to Starbucks...and The Purpose of Life!!! (Rabbi E in 3)
A routine trip for Venti Iced Coffees became a great reminder of what we should be thinking about at this time in the Jewish calendar, between Passover and Shavuot (the holiday of receiving the Torah at Sinai)...and, truly, what should be the purpose of our lives each and every day. Please tune in to Rabbi E in 3...for a
Reflections on the tragedy in Israel at Mt. Meron.
Rabbi Edelstein of MEOR DC reflects on the unfathomable tragedy in Meron on Lag B'Omer, where 45 people died, and many more were injured, and tries to draw meaningful lessons that we can use in our lives....and that can also be an elevation for the souls of those who perished. May their memory be for a blessing.
What to Do (and NOT to Do) If You Think Someone Wronged You! (Rabbi E in 3)
You think someone wronged you? Don't be so sure, immediately jump to the worst conclusion...and hate plot revenge, hold a grudge, spread gossip. What should you do? GET THE FACTS, CLARIFY and give the person a chance to explain..in Hebrew, "hocheach," as we see in the Torah portion of Kedoshim. Rabbi Edelstein of MEOR DC explains!
Watching our Words, Elevating Our Speech! (Rabbi E in 3-D, Tazria/Metzora, 81)
The two Torah portions this week, Tazria and Metzorah (Book of Leviticus/Vayikra), feature detailed descriptions of a Divinely sent "message" to Jewish people in the times of the Temple when they were not using their speech properly: on the walls of the homes, their clothing and even their skin. We don't get that message so clearly nowadays, in the same way, but we sure do still need to always work on elevating our power of speech, and striving to use it constructively. Rabbi Edelstein of MEOR DC discusses.
Passover: "It Ain't OVER till the Children (of Israel) SING!" (Rabbi E in 3-D, '81)
Rabbi Edelstein of MEOR DC discusses the culmination of Pesach, the seventh day! We can re-experience the miracle of the splitting of the Sea, with its joy and clarity...as immortalized in the shira (song) that the Jewish people uttered at the time, and that we recite every morning during our prayers!