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Bereshit: Name Calling

October 25, 2016 – 9:31 pm | 12 views

What’s In A Name?
Here is a trivia question for you: Can you name the first scientist in all of history? Here is another question: Is science the work of G-d or does it merely satisfy human curiosity?
If you guessed Adam, you guessed right. If you answered that science is G-d’s …

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Sukkot: The Prevailing Custom

October 23, 2016 – 12:50 am |

A Custom Product

My earliest memories of the last day of Sukkot is of the market place set up in front of the large Synagogue of the Lubavitcher Rebbe in Brooklyn, New York. All night long, the sidewalk at 770 Eastern Parkway was a teeming marketplace of willow sales.

“Five dollars a bundle,” one enterprising kid would call out. “I’ll sell it for four,” called another. “My bundles are six dollars, but they are of the best quality.” And so it went, all night long. Men came from all corners of the neighborhood, happy to pay an extra dollar, support these enterprising young boys and go home with their willows. Read the full story »

Sukkot: The Strength to Emerge

October 16, 2016 – 1:40 am |

Four days after Yom Kippur we take our show on the road. We emerge from our synagogue and home and go out to the Sukkah (outdoor hut covered in foliage). To come out means to emerge from the doors that enclose us in and the locks that hold us back. …

High Holilday Greetings 5777

October 8, 2016 – 9:51 pm |
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New Year Greeting 5777
As I prepare for my sixteenth Rosh Hashanah in London, Ontario, my mind turns to an event that occurred shortly after we arrived.
Congregation Beth Tefilah organized an installation ceremony in my honor and Joel Wittstein of blessed memory was in attendance. I feel fortunate and honored to …

Rosh Hashana: Are You on The Pill

October 1, 2016 – 11:30 pm |

Can I have A Pill?
Have you ever heard of the man who went to the doctor and asked for a prescription? When the doctor asked, what’s ailing you, the man replied, nothing. I just want to be sure I don’t get sick. The doctor explained, “you don’t need medicine sir, …

Nitzavim: Sunnyside Up

September 24, 2016 – 11:34 pm |

The Sunnyside
The other day, my three-year-old son accompanied me to the supermarket. I put a few dozen eggs in the cart and asked him if he likes eggs. What kind are they, he replied, hard boiled or sunny side up?
It made me realize that this is a question for life. …

Nitzavim: Get Out Of Jail

September 24, 2016 – 11:18 pm |

Two Poles
The Torah section that we read each year on the Shabbat before Rosh Hashanah, begins with the words “You all stand this day before the Lord, your God, the leaders of your tribes, your elders and your officers, every man of Israel, your young ones, your women, and your …

Ki Tavo: Reach Out

September 17, 2016 – 11:35 pm |

Cell Phone Reach Out
Good news for all those who have been trying to reach me via cell, text or other forms of digital communication. My withdrawal from the cell phone world has come to an end. My service provider delivered my new cell phone and I am connected again. But …

Ki Tetze: Character Lessons

September 10, 2016 – 10:51 pm |

When you hear the word abomination, which sin do you think of? Well we all know which one we think of, but that is not the only sin that the Torah calls an abomination. In fact, all carnal sins are characterized as such. It therefore comes as a surprise that …

Ki Tetze: The Strongest Marriage

September 10, 2016 – 10:47 pm |

A Marriage
“Ah, Marriage,” sighed a middle aged man. “The other day I was admiring myself in a full length mirror and I asked my wife whether she would still like me when I am bald, fat and old. ‘I do,’ she replied.”
Marriages are notorious for one-line zingers, but we tell …