Mitzvah of Giving Up

   Women in Switzerland did not have the right to vote until 1971. In most countries women did not have a vote until the 1900’s, some as late as 1994!  It is hard to believe that such a thing was so prevalent and well accepted.


   Sometimes we need to be willing to challenge our attitudes. One such area can be the mechitza (physical separation between men and women in the traditional synagogue service).


   Attitudes about the mechitza can be dangerous for both men and women. For men the danger is to feel superior to the women.  For women the danger is resentment and feeling shut out.


   Women are spiritually superior to men as a rose is superior to a rock. The intensity of G-d’s creative light is less for a rock than a rose.  While a rock exists, a rose can grow and produced seeds.  It can “create” new cells and different kinds of cells (leaf, flower, seeds).  Women are able to create a new life within their womb.


   Men need a way to lift their souls upward toward the women’s’ spiritual level.  This is provided through the mitzvoth, like those found in the service.  Men NEED them, women would like them.


   Men find it too easy to rest and let someone else do the work.  If allowed, the men would sit in the back row talking, while the women performed the entire service.  Therefore, men are required to perform the service and women are not.  Not because women are less but because otherwise men won’t do what they NEED to do.


   Does it seem unfair?  Absolutely.  Why should women be “punished” because they are on a higher spiritual plane then men?


  A woman must ask herself if she is willing to give up service participation so that the men will have the opportunity to come up to her level.  If so then it is not punishment, it is Ahavat Yisrael (love for your fellow Jews).






Find a Good Teacher

Judaism, A Religion of New Beginnings

Knowledge and Wisdom

Never Give Up

Our Greatest Teacher


Slow and Steady Wins the Race

Truth; Our Most Powerful Tool

Value of Routine

Relationship: To G-d

Dishonoring Torah

Feeling Close to G-d

G-d Wants the Heart

Incomplete Offering

Time Spent

Whole and Willing




Answers to Prayer

G-d Will Answer Your Prayers

Most Effective Prayer Offered

Purpose of Prayer

Why Prayer Services Aren’t More Entertaining

Role of The Jewish People

(Purpose of Creation)

Eternal Life

Everything is Connected

G-d’s Hidden Presence

Key to Success

My Part

Our Actions Change the World

Revealing the Concealed

Why the Animal Soul Controls the Body



Relationship: To Another Jew

Harbor No Enmity

Practicing Forgiveness


Who Are your Victims?

The Soul’s Mission

Just Right

Leaving a Mark on the World

Perfect Family


Repair Your Part



Relationship: To Community

Charity Given With Joy

Love Every Jew

Mitzvah of Giving Up

Single Entity

Special Role of the Baal Teshuvah

Unity From Acceptance

Whole Story

Trust and Faith


Choosing for a Purpose

Don’t Put G-d in a Box


Stick With G-d





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