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Vayera: Too Perfect?

October 16, 2021 – 9:48 pm | 38 views

Is “too perfect” a thing? Have you ever worried about being too perfect? Most of us worry that we aren’t perfect enough. But I know of at least one person who worried about being too perfect. Our collective grandfather, Abraham.
The Torah tells us that Abraham recovered from his circumcision in …

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Lech Lecha: Anything You Want To Be

October 6, 2021 – 8:17 pm |
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“Anything you want to be,” is a phrase parents often say to their children. You don’t need to accept any limitations; they are all artificial. If you put your mind to it, you can be anything you want to be.

Sometimes children misunderstand and think that they can snap their fingers and become anything they want to be. When they enter the real world and see that it isn’t that easy, they think their parents misled them. But they didn’t. The children simply misunderstood. The parents were saying that if you put your mind to it, if you are determined and willing to work hard, if you are willing to never take no for an answer, you can be anything you want to be. Read the full story »

Noach: Ignoring Others

October 2, 2021 – 11:08 pm |
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Ignoring others is something we do when we become overly engrossed in ourselves. It often happens when we experience distress and difficulty. We revert inwardly, shrink into ourselves, become self absorbed. We aren’t intentionally ignoring others; we are just too focused on ourselves to let others in.
The truth is that …

Bereshit: No More No Less

September 29, 2021 – 9:47 pm |
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No more no less, is an aphorism that implies that you are doing just fine. There is no need to adjust. You are on the right path, headed in the right direction, and at the right speed. You don’t need to do more than you are already doing, and you …

Sukkot: Repentance Again?

September 17, 2021 – 12:03 am | One Comment | 
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I sit in my study late at night after breaking the fast of Yom Kippur. As I do every year, I feel euphoric. The day was so intense, we invested so much effort, and the Divine dividends that will be paid out over the year will surely be generous. We …

Shabbat Shuvah: Jewish Guilt

September 4, 2021 – 11:02 pm |
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Have you ever heard of Jewish guilt? Well, of course. If you have a Jewish mother, you know about Jewish guilt. But the truth is that Jews have little to do with guilt. In fact, the Catholics claim to have cornered the market on guilt. Considering the Catholic doctrine of …

Nitzavim: Tears of Joy

August 28, 2021 – 10:57 pm |
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 The eyes of a Jew on Rosh Hashanah—the annual day of judgment, are often filled with tears and remorse. We know we will be judged for our behavior. We also know that some of our behavior has been compulsive, some of our personality has been toxic, and some of our …

Ki Tavo: The Joy Imperative

August 20, 2021 – 2:17 pm |
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Joy is an imperative in the Jewish tradition. In describing the terrible calamities in store for our people if we turn from G-d, the Torah says it will occur, “because you did not serve G-d, your G-d, with happiness and gladness of heart, when [you had an] abundance of everything.”[1]
In …

Ki Tetze: A License To Eat

August 14, 2021 – 10:52 pm |
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When you work in your fellow’s vineyard, you have a license to eat his grapes. When you visit your neighbor’s vineyard, you don’t have a license to eat. If you pluck a grape during a visit without permission, it is theft.
How much can you eat if you work in the …

Shoftim: The Individual

August 10, 2021 – 9:53 pm |
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Today I want to talk to you about the individual. When nations go to war, they institute mandatory drafts. Wartime drafts are different from peacetime drafts. In peacetime drafts, soldiers are eligible for all kinds of exemptions. During war, everyone must serve. Exemptions are rare.
In Jewish law, however, it is …