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Shemot: The Beloved Teacher

January 14, 2017 – 11:59 pm | 22 views

My Beloved Teacher
I have had many teachers, but the ones that impacted me most, were the one who showed me kindness. You would think that if a teacher’s role is to teach, the most erudite scholar would have been the most memorable teacher. But that is not the case. The …

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Beshalach: Miracle of Love

January 15, 2017 – 12:13 am |

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They stood at the seashore overwhelmed by the miracle of love they had witnessed. All night long, they had crossed the sea and as the sun rose, they could not believe their eyes – the seashore was strewn with dead Egyptian bodies. Only then did the full magnitude of the miracle dawn on them. The sea had parted and they had crossed it. Their pursuers had followed and drowned in the watery trap.

The Torah tells us that “G-d saved the Jewson that day from the hand of Egypt.”[1] It is true that this was a miracle of salvation, but hadn’t the true salvation occurred a week earlier at the Exodus? Why does the Torah say that they were only saved at this point? Read the full story »

Vayechi: Our Mother

January 7, 2017 – 10:24 pm |
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At The Grave Of A Mother
I was standing in Bethlehem at the grave of our nation’s mother, the Matriarch Rachel. I was praying for myself, my family and our nation. I poured my heart out on this quiet sunny morning, to a mother I had never met. Swept up in …

Vayigash: The True Meaning of Tolerance

December 31, 2016 – 11:40 pm |
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Can We Tolerate Tolerance?
Have you ever been in the ironic position where someone accused of lacking tolerance and in the process turned intolerant toward you? Sadly, such occasions are commonplace nowadays. Just think of the riots that swept America post election, when people rampaged and pillaged in the name of …

Chanukah: Tomorrow Will Be Much Better

December 17, 2016 – 10:14 pm |
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Increase or Reduce
There are two ways to light Chanukah candles. One is to start with the smallest amount of light and increase each day, the second is to start with the greatest amount of light and reduce the light each day. In fact, this was an argument between the schools …

Vayishlach: Believe In Your Child

December 10, 2016 – 7:44 pm |
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Obey Your Parents
This week’s Torah portion introduces us to Esau’s son Eliphaz although our sages already mentioned him in last week’s portion.
When Jacob left his parents’ home to flee his brother’s rage, he stocked up on provisions. His wealthy parents made certain that he had plenty of gold and silver …

Vayetze: Coincidence

December 3, 2016 – 10:36 pm |
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Do You Believe In Coincidence?
Albert Einstein famously said that coincidence is G-d’s way of remaining anonymous. What do you think?
Coincidence can be tricky. If I lose a dollar and someone picks it up, I get a Mitzvah. But is the Mitzvah really mine or did it just happen to fall …

Toldos: The Purpose of Wealth

November 29, 2016 – 11:37 pm |
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Dividing the Wealth
When Rebeca was pregnant with twins, she went to ask the prophet why she was feeling so much turmoil and pain. The prophet told her that she was carrying two nations and that they would separate from the womb; each in their own direction.
Our sages recorded a conversation …

Chayei Sarah: In the Moment

November 19, 2016 – 9:17 pm |
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The selfish Doctrine
Most of the Western world today is consumed with entitlements. The primary question is how many of my rights am I getting and to how many more am I entitled? When we see others enjoying prosperity, power, fame, happiness, family or good health, all we can think about …

Vayera: Finding G-d

November 12, 2016 – 10:05 pm |
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Easier Said Than Done
A priest was baptising children at the ocean when a Jew walked by. The Priest asked, if he would like to be baptised and the Jew agreed. The priest grabbed him and put him under the water. Ten seconds later he gently brought him up and asked …