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Vayikra: The Daily Offering

March 25, 2017 – 10:58 pm | 13 views

A Little is Enough
If you were a little fly on the wall of the Tabernacle or Temple you would notice a curious aspect of the sacrificial rite, namely the daily offerings. Each morning, at dawn’s earliest light, a sheep offering was made. Every day the same kind of sheep with …

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Vayakhel Pekudei: To Carry Forward

March 19, 2017 – 1:40 am |
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To Raise a Child

If we look back on our upbringing, we will note that we are an amalgam of a huge family. We carry traits from our mothers, fathers, and grandparents. Some of our values were taught by our mothers, some by our fathers, and some by our grandparents. Some of our good and bad habits were modeled for us by our parents, some by our grandparents. We are a virtual walking family.

Families operate as a funnel; wide at the top and narrow at the bottom. Sixty-four great-great-great-great-grandparents produced and raised thirty-four great-great-great-grandparents, who produced and raised sixteen great-great-grandparents, who produced and raised eight great grandparents, who produced and raised four grandparents, who produced and raised two parents, who in turn gave birth to and raised me. Read the full story »

Ki Tisa: Make Light

March 16, 2017 – 9:59 am |
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Shabbat Candles
Don’t make light of Shabbat. Make light for Shabbat.
A child came home from a Hebrew lesson and told her parents that she wanted to make light for Shabbat by lighting candles. The parents agreed to satisfy her whim and lit candles as the sun set on Friday. As they …

Tetzaveh: Hard Work

March 4, 2017 – 10:59 pm |
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The Reward
A little girl complained to her father that her chores are too difficult. The father, a chef, invited her to the kitchen and put up three pots to boil. In the first he placed a potato, in the second an egg and in the third, a coffee bean. Twenty …

Terumah: What Is Your Tower

February 25, 2017 – 11:47 pm | One Comment | 
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Choose Your Tower
Two Chassidic Rabbis riding in their carriages met in the middle of a bridge. One carriage was pulled by two old horses, the other, by a team of four powerful stallions. The rabbi with the old horses asked the other, why do you need such strong horses? Answered …

Mishpatim: Why Should I?

February 18, 2017 – 8:58 pm |
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The Big Question
A young lady asked me why she should obey G-d’s many instructions in the Torah. She understands that without G-d she would not exist and feels that she owes it to him, but she feels that G-d forced her into this bargain without asking her. Why did He …

Yitro: Taking Notice

February 12, 2017 – 12:10 am |
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Do You Notice?
You know the fellow, who regularly collects the prayer books at your synagogue? The one who quietly circulates around the room and carries armloads of books back to the shelf? I am sure you thanked him the first and second time that he took your book, but do …

Beshalach: Rich and Humble

February 4, 2017 – 9:03 pm |
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Oxymoron?
Is it possible to be rich and humble or is that an oxymoron? So many people grow haughty when they meet with success, but if you think about it logically, it makes little sense. If we take our measure by the depth of our bank account, we have little to …

Bo: The Key Is Unity

February 1, 2017 – 9:37 pm |
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Unity
The old saying, ‘united we stand, divided we fall’, conveys a pithy truth; if we knock others down on our path to success, it catches up with us in the long run and eventually knocks us down. What goes around comes around and no one is immune. We can’t grow …

Vaera: Do You Volunteer?

January 21, 2017 – 11:13 pm |
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Too Busy to Volunteer
Volunteering is a way of life for many people. We derive so much pleasure from sharing our time, energy and resources with those in need. The sight of a grateful smile, gladdens the heart and inspires the soul. It motivates us to volunteer even more.
But for many …