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Shemot: Why They Hate Us

January 11, 2020 – 10:00 pm | 59 views

They hate us. Not for anything we do or did. They just hate us. The past month saw a near-daily rash of attacks against Jews. These weren’t isolated attacks by right-wing radicals and white supremacists. These were attacks by ordinary members of the black community against Jews in New York. …

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Vayechi: A Symbol of Hope

January 4, 2020 – 10:22 pm |
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Hope would have been the most important thing that Jews could have when they descended to Egypt, but hope seems to have been the last thing on the Torah’s mind at this point in the narrative. The last Torah portion of the book of Genesis is all about the passing of Jacob and Joseph. I suppose it makes sense that the story of our patriarchs concludes with the end of their time on earth, but I want to draw your attention to the two very different funeral arrangements described in this portion.

Jacob insisted on interment in Israel and troubled his children to transport him there. Joseph, by contrast, chose to be interred in Egypt. To be sure, he instructed his children to exhume his remains at the time of their exodus and transport him to Israel for reinternment, but in the meantime, he was interred in Egypt. Read the full story »

Vayigash: Debt of Kindness

December 29, 2019 – 2:24 pm |
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Kindness is something that is usually given out of generosity. We don’t usually think of kindness as a debt. Yet, sometimes it is a debt. For example, if someone treats you kindly, they deserve to be treated kindly in return; you owe them a debt of kindness. If you owe …

Chanukah: Spice Up Your Routine

December 21, 2019 – 11:16 pm |
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Routine can be boring. You do it every day and you grow tired of it. We are always looking for something new and exciting. Something to pique our interest and engage our curiosity. Routine doesn’t do the trick. We need something novel, something unusual, something unexpected. The problem with new …

Vayeshev: Dare to Dream

December 20, 2019 – 10:20 am |
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Dream on, is an expression we use when someone shares a hope that seems fantastical. To dare to dream is to have the courage to think beyond the box; to push the envelope. Plans that people dismiss as impossible, are the stuff of dreams. Martin Luther King Jr. gave a …

Vayishlach: Minority Syndrome

December 7, 2019 – 8:26 pm |
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When Jacob returned to Israel after twenty-two years of being a minority in the city of Haran, where his uncle Laban lived, he said “I sojourned with Laban . . . and I acquired oxen and donkeys, flocks, manservants, and maidservants.[1]
Why did he announce that he had sojourned with Laban, …

Vayetze: Find Your Well

November 30, 2019 – 10:51 pm |
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Find your well is a mission to live by. Once we figure how to find it, it can be the answer to life’s moral challenges.
You see, there are three kinds of places, the city, the field, and the desert. The city is where people live. Wild animals are not usually …

Toldot: Like father like son

November 23, 2019 – 10:51 pm |
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Like father like son, an idiom rooted in the words of Ezekiel (44:16), “like mother like daughter,” describes a child that resembles his parent in either mannerism or behavior. This idiom could truly be applied to our forefather Isaac, who is introduced to us in the Torah as, “Isaac, the …

Chayei Sarah: Consistency in Education

November 17, 2019 – 4:01 pm |
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Consistency is the most important part of education. Children need to hear the same message from their teachers, parents, coaches, and peers. When we expose our children to multiple streams of thoughts and conflicting values so they can make educated choices, we only succeed in confusing them. Children don’t need …

Vayera: The Moral Sense

November 9, 2019 – 9:24 pm |
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The moral sense is the innate human conviction that kindness and fairness are good, and cruelty is bad. We can’t explain why this is so, but if anyone would claim that cruelty is good and challenge us to explain why it is bad, we would throw up our hands in …