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B’ha’alotcha: Just Because

June 20, 2016 – 2:40 pm | 14 views

My Favorite Card
The flower shop sells all kinds of cards. Congratulations, sympathy, bereavement etc. My favorite is the, “Just Because” card. You can say it with flowers for all kinds of reasons. Because your wife did or said something special. Because your wife gave birth. Because your wife turned forty. …

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Naso: The Trump Phenomenon

June 14, 2016 – 3:07 pm |
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Why Trump?

America is in the grip of a serious Trump phenomenon. There are times when voters take leave of their senses and take fanciful flights to lands of folly. Logic and rationale are powerless against these movements. Certain notions take hold and you can argue till you are blue in the face, yet the popular idea holds sway. Trump is one such phenomenon.

No one believed he would be the front runner on the republican ticket and yet here he is. Cooler heads and pundits spend hours broadcasting reasoned arguments in measured tones across the airwaves, but, it is falling on deaf ears. The phenomenon has taken root Read the full story »

Bamidbar Give and Take

June 5, 2016 – 1:03 am |
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Give and Take in Life
When my great aunt was a little girl she lived in a large apartment. Times were difficult, many of her family’s friends were homeless and she was routinely asked to give up her bed for someone in need. One day she complained to her father about …

Shavuot: A Four Step Program

June 5, 2016 – 1:01 am |
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In preparation for Shavuot, we present Judaism’s four step program. Everything that G-d created can be used for constructive or destructive purpose. It can be unifying or divisive.
Take walls for example. Are walls good or bad? Ronald Regan became world famous when he challenged Mr. Gorbachev to take down a …

Bechukotai: Labor over Torah

May 28, 2016 – 11:32 pm |
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True Labor
The first Mitzvah that the Almighty singles out for reward in our Parsha is that of Torah study.[1] But we aren’t rewarded for the mere study of Torah. We are rewarded for laboring over the Torah. It has been pointed out that this is the only instance where labor …

Bechukosai: The Gender Crisis

May 28, 2016 – 11:22 pm |
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Gender Issues
Even if you live in a cave somewhere in the mountains of Tibet, you have likely heard of the North Carolina Bathroom Bill that requires people to use the bathroom of their birth gender. This law has sparked a gender crisis because there are increasingly those who don’t identify …

Behar: Alone In The World

May 22, 2016 – 1:47 am | One Comment | 
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Entebbe
Next month will mark the fortieth anniversary of Israel’s finest hour, the hostage rescue at Entebbe. When the crisis began in June of 1976, Israel firmly believed that the fate of the Jewish hostages was the legal responsibility of France, under whose flag the airplane had flown when it was …

Emor: Your Best Days Are Still Ahead

May 14, 2016 – 11:46 pm |
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A Homerun
Something magical happened in San Diego last week. Bartolo Colón, at nearly forty-three years of age, proved that his best days are still ahead of him. He became the oldest player in Major League Baseball, to hit his first homerun. Bartolo has terrorized batters for twenty years with his …

Kedoshim: The Inner Jew

May 8, 2016 – 12:21 am |
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A Confusion
One thing you could always assume in years past was that holy Jews looked the part. Long beard, wrinkled forehead, sparkling eyes and visage filled with wisdom. Bent over ancient tomes, or lovingly performing a Mitzvah, these people were energetic, learned, pious and driven. Their outer appearance reflected their …

David: For Whom the Sun Always Shone

May 6, 2016 – 11:44 am |
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The world lost a special man last night. A man who walked quietly, but whose tread was heard loudly. A man who rarely addressed audiences, but who love was felt by many. A man who smiled sweetly and suffered greatly. A man who never stopped believing that all is for …