Articles By Rabbi Shimon Felix

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    Rabbi Shimon Felix

    Rabbi Shimon Felix is the Israel Director of the Bronfman Youth Fellowships in Israel. He lives with his family in Jerusalem, and has taught in a wide variety of educational frameworks in Israel and abroad.


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      Kosher For Passover And All Year Round

      The prohibition against leavened bread for most Temple grain offerings imbues the Temple with the spirit of freedom all year round.

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      Equal Before God

      Moshe and Pharaoh clash over who among the Israelites will worship God in the desert, illustrating the fundamental differences between paganism and monotheism.

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      Controlling Love

      Joseph teaches us to temper love with a sense of duty and a knowledge of right and wrong.

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      Zionism And First Fruits

      The speech that farmers recited when bringing their first fruits to the Temple forms a central part of the Passover retelling of the Exodus and articulates the Zionist message.

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      Princely Gifts

      The princes' gifts to the Tabernacle illustrate important principles of leadership and methods of balancing personal and communal needs.

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      Sacred Relationships

      The mirrors used to create the basin in the Tabernacle teach us that sanctified sexuality means seeing ourselves in relation to others.

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      (Un)Conditional Love

      Isaac and Rebekah provide us with two models of parenting--love dependent on a specific interaction and love that is unconditional.

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      The Miraculous Nature Of Covenant

      God's covenant with Noah showed him and us the possibility of transforming the human condition of loneliness into the miracle of connection.

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      Passion

      Only a passionate zealous act can respond adequately to sins and crimes of passion.

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      The Sanctity Of Elemental Relationships

      The juxtaposition of laws about the high priest on Yom Kippur, forbidden sexual relationships and laws about blood teach the sanctity of basic parts of life.


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