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Balak: Shabbat and the Week

July 14, 2019 – 1:01 am | 17 views

Shabbat is a twenty-five-hour break from the world. It is a wonderful time to unplug and relax. We enjoy quality time with children, family, and friends. We luxuriate in endeavors of the soul such as song, contemplation, study, prayer, and discussion. Unplugging from our phone’s constant pinging, our constant attraction …

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Korach: The Selfie

June 30, 2019 – 12:11 am |
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Selfie pictures are all the rage these days. There are all kinds of tricks to get just the right angle. You can get an arm extender to help you to get the best shot. I saw reports that one of the hottest sale items last year was a pocket-size selfie drone. The phone attaches to the drone and you can fly the drone-carrying-camera to the perfect spot to capture a perfect selfie.

Where does a good selfie end up? In the selfie rubbish bin called Instagram, Facebook, or all other forms of social media. Once posted, the poster sits back to count the likes. The more likes one receives, the more valid and valuable one feels. If the selfie is ignored, the poster feels empty. Read the full story »

Shelach: A Talit Meditation

June 23, 2019 – 12:05 am |
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The Talit is a shawl that we wrap around ourselves during prayer. It has four corners, from each of which, hangs eight fringes. Everyday, before we wrap ourselves in the Talit, we separate each fringe from the others and tighten the knots that bind them to the Talit.
As we run …

B’haalotcha: The Individualized Collective

June 16, 2019 – 12:14 am |
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An individualized collective is a collective that doesn’t require its members to surrender their individuality before joining the collective. On the surface, this sounds patently obvious; everyone ought to agree with it, right? Wrong. In real life it is very difficult to find the balance between the two. The great …

Naso: Give Your Fellow A Lift

June 11, 2019 – 7:27 pm |
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Lift is an interesting word. In America, you give someone a lift, when you drive them to their destination. In England, it refers to an elevator. The British meaning makes more sense. A lift should lift you vertically; not transport you horizontally.
The concept of vertical lift is the subject of …

Shavuot: Ten Commandments of Parenting

June 1, 2019 – 10:55 pm | One Comment | 
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The ten commandments of parenting is an appropriate topic to discuss in the days leading up to Shavuot, the day we received the Ten Commandments.
On several occasions the Torah casts us as G-d’s children and G-d as our parent. It therefore stands to reason that by studying the Ten Commandments, …

Bechukoti: Retroactive Sin

May 27, 2019 – 1:03 pm |
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Sin is a terrible thing. First, it tempts me, then it punishes me. Why does G-d play this elaborate game with me? Why does He allow me to sin, and then punish me for having sinned?
I am not asking why He permits me to choose. I know the answer to …

B’har: To Be Happy

May 25, 2019 – 11:32 pm |
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Happy is the farmer who learns to trust in G-d. When Jewish farmers in Israel let their fields lie fallow on the Sabbatical year, they leave their fate to G-d. How do they feed their families if they don’t plant all year? G-d instructs us not to worry about that …

Emor: Making Space for G-d

May 11, 2019 – 10:45 pm |
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Making space for G-d is the name of the game during the season of the Omer. There are forty-nine days between Passover and Shavuot, and we enjoy and savor them all. We count each day as if it were a precious jewel as we prepare for the festival of Shavuot. …

Yom Hazikaron: We Remember

May 10, 2019 – 9:23 am |

Sweeping vista
Lifeless plane
Victory hollow
Heart of pain
 
Land mass strewn
friend and foe
Lie forever
Battle throe
 
Sand storm rising
Sinai beckons
A soul asunder
Wanders, reckons
 
Patience try
Today on high
Was it worth it
An anguished sigh
 
A rising wave
A tidal crest
We won the war
We lost our best
 
Victory sweet
A price so steep
Oh please dear G-d
My brother keep
 
Sinai captured
Fires cease
Dead, secure
A lasting peace
 
Will …