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The Whip

July 5, 2022 – 9:35 am | 16 views

The whip is usually an instrument of punishment, but it can also be a gift. Teachers of old used the whip to administer corporeal punishment. However, the previous Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn, once wrote about a teacher that was beloved by his students. This teacher never used the …

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A Rebel in The Torah

June 26, 2022 – 6:00 pm |
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Korach was a rebel. Not just any rebel, but one who rebelled against the preeminent Jewish leader, Moses. Yet rather than living in infamy, an entire Parshah of the Torah is dedicated to him and even named after him. Why, couldn’t we find a better name for this Parshah? Must we immortalize Moses’ greatest detractor by recording his story for posterity and naming a Torah portion after him?

When the Soviets came to power, they changed St. Petersburg to Leningrad because they didn’t want an iconic Russian city named after an iconic Russian Czar. When Communism fell, Lenin’s name was removed just as quickly. No one wants to name a street or a city after a traitor. How much more so a Torah portion? Remember the images of Iraqis tearing down statutes of Saddam Hussein as soon as he had been ousted? That is the normal modus operandi. Why is the Torah so different? Read the full story »

My Business With G-d

June 22, 2022 – 11:24 am |
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Every morning before I don my talit, I contemplate my business for the day. By tradition, I separate out each of the thirty-two strings that constitute the tzitzit—fringes on my talit. The purpose is to ensure that they are not entangled or knotted and that they are all intact. However, …

Off The Derech

June 11, 2022 – 11:37 pm |
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Off the derech means literally off the path. It is a common adage in observant circles to describe people who were once observant but had since taken a different path. It is so common that it has its own acronym in our acronym crazed days, OTD. It is not intended …

Bestow Blessing

June 8, 2022 – 8:15 pm |
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Every Jew has the power to bestow blessing. If you see a friend in need of a blessing, bestow blessing and don’t hide behind the illusion that you are too ordinary. Don’t be too humble and don’t be too stingy. Bestow blessing and let G-d worry about how to deliver …

Shavuot: A Gift of Self

May 28, 2022 – 11:42 pm |
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A gift of self is a thrilling gift. There are many kinds of gifts, but we almost never give away our very selves. We reserve our self exclusively for us. Weddings are the only exception. They are thrilling occasions because bride and groom give each other the gift of self.
Our …

The Minyan Effect

May 20, 2022 – 8:00 pm |
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Minyan is a quorum of ten and it is a Jewish tradition to pray with a quorum. In fact, the holiest parts of prayer, the sanctification of G-d’s name and the chanting from the Torah, may only occur in the presence of a minyan. We believe that our prayers have …

Personal Liberation

May 15, 2022 – 5:25 pm |
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Personal liberation from insecurity, worry, fear, doubt, or obsession, have been on my mind lately because I recently turned fifty. I am not usually one to dwell on birthdays, but this benchmark is not easily dismissed. Not because fifty seems old. It stopped seeming old a long time ago. But …

Emor: The Shame Culture

May 7, 2022 – 11:11 pm |
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A shame culture is one in which the individual is pressured to conform to the collective. Deviation from cultural norms is punishable by public shaming and ostracism. In a shame culture, people carefully groom their public personas—the image acceptable to the majority. A shame culture operates under the assumption that …

Hateful Speech And Elon Musk

May 1, 2022 – 12:20 am |
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Hateful Speech
Elon Musk has purchased Twitter and pledged to allow free speech within the limits of the law. Many people are upset about this and believe that any speech that makes someone feel uncomfortable should be curbed. They argue that unfettered speech on Twitter, will open the door to hateful …