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G-d Is In Our Corner

December 3, 2022 – 9:41 pm | 53 views

Sometimes it is hard to feel that G-d is in our corner. It feels as if Murphy’s Law is G-d’s Law. Everything that could go wrong, does, and G-d does nothing to save the day. The baby is ill, the roof is leaking, the coffee maker is on the blink, …

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Beware the Hypocrite

November 26, 2022 – 8:43 pm |
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On his deathbed, King Yanai warned his wife Shelomtziyon to beware of the hypocrite. Fear not the Pharisee, though I have waged war against them all my life. Fear not the Sadducee, though you have waged war against them. Fear the hypocrite whose actions emulate the wicked Zimri yet they seek to be rewarded like the righteous Pinchas.

So spoke a wicked man on his deathbed. King Yanai spent his entire life embroiled in palace intrigue, political infighting, and all out war. He had many enemies and many allies. But on his deathbed, the truth bubbled forth because woe to him who clings to falsehood in his final moments. When we are about to meet our Maker, we reach our moment of truth. Don’t fear my allies, don’t fear my enemies. They will tell you who they are, and you will know their intentions. Fear the hypocrite. Read the full story »

The Human Struggle

November 19, 2022 – 8:41 pm |
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Life is a long human struggle. Animals don’t struggle. For them, life is simple. They have only one objective. To live and perpetuate their kind. Humans have an entire wrestling match. To be human is to struggle.  To be human is to strive for kindness, compassion, devotion, honesty, justice, loyalty, …

The Jewish Sole

November 5, 2022 – 10:02 pm |
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Have you ever heard of a Jewish sole? Not a Jewish soul, a Jewish sole. No, I am not talking about a fish, nor am I not talking about a sole individual. I am talking about the undersurface of a Jew’s foot.
On two occasions, the Torah tells us that G-d …

Jewish Pride in Times of Despair

October 29, 2022 – 9:04 pm |
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When G-d told Abraham to travel from the home he had built in Haran to Israel, he and Sarah gathered their household and went. Who were the members of their household? The Torah tells us that it was Lot, their nephew, and the souls they had made in Haran.
Who were …

Noach: Believe in Yourself

October 22, 2022 – 10:10 pm |
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Believe in yourself is a common mantra these days, but it is sadly not as common in real life. Though we live in an age of unprecedented success and prosperity, too many people are mired in misery, insecurity, and negative self concepts.
Though every child has a reach through social media …

Loving talk

October 18, 2022 – 9:47 pm |
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Loving talk is not only G-d’s preferred language; it is built into the very fabric of creation.
“In the beginning, G-d created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was astonishingly empty . . . And G-d said, let there be light. G-d saw that the light was good and …

Hakhel Gatherings on Sukkot

October 9, 2022 – 12:41 am |
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Hakhel: an international gathering of all Jews, men, women, and children, would take place once every seven years in Jerusalem. A platform would be erected in the Temple courtyard and the nation would gather to hear the king chant from the Torah. It always occurred on the second day of …

Freedom of Thought

October 1, 2022 – 10:43 pm |
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Freedom of thought is a G-d given right. In communist and socialist countries, the individual is made to cede to the collective. In dictatorships the collective is compelled to cede to the dictator. But this is not what G-d intended for us humans. G-d intended for us to have freedom …

Shabbat Shuvah: The Loving Exam

September 28, 2022 – 10:37 pm |
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The days of reckoning are here, and it is time for the loving exam. Most exams are associated with tension and trepidation. Irrespective of how well we know the material, proctors do their best to make it stressful. Fear of failure, fear of getting caught cheating, and fear of falling …