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Vayetze: Expand Your Envelope

November 12, 2018 – 9:20 am | 29 views

Do you expand your envelope? Are you comfortable discovering new ideas, experimenting with the unfamiliar, venturing into the unknown, pushing your boundaries, and exploring new horizons?
Most are comfortable within our sphere, we like our routines and prefer to remain within them. We walk the same routes, we shop at the …

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The Massacre in Pittsburgh

October 27, 2018 – 11:50 pm |
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Massacres Begin with Dehumanization

Last Saturday morning, October 27, 2018, eleven people lost their lives, six people were wounded, a community lost its sense of peace, security and contentment, and a world lost its equilibrium. All because Robert Bowers, a man, armed to the teeth and apparently driven by antisemitic views, entered the Tree of Life congregation in Pittsburgh and proceeded to massacre innocent Jews, who had gathered in ecclesiastic worship.

How can a human being slaughter fellow humans as if they were unworthy of life? What did these seventeen people do to Robert Bowers to enrage him like this? Although the investigation is still ongoing, the fact is that nothing we might do to irritate another justifies wholesale slaughter and massacre. The only way a person can perpetrate such a terrible crime is if he or she has dehumanized the victim. Read the full story »

Vayera: Hospitality

October 27, 2018 – 10:51 pm |
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Hospitality has historically been a Jewish virtue. It has its roots in the very beginning of Jewish history. Abraham, the patriarch of the Jewish people was renowned for hospitality. Not only did he invite and provide for wayfarers, he made a point of making them feel welcome. He conveyed a …

Chayei Sarah: The Good Life

October 27, 2018 – 10:34 pm |
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Our sages derived from the opening of this week’s Torah reading that Sarah lived a good life. The Torah says, “And the years of Sarah’s life were a hundred years, and twenty years, and seven years. The years of her life.” The last sentence is superfluous. Our sages taught that …

Lech L’cha: Unhealthy Dependencies

October 13, 2018 – 11:16 pm |
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Do you have unhealthy dependencies? Can you give up your smart phone, luxury car, and golf clubs, or have you grown too dependent to let them go? Have you given them power over you?
I am not actually advocating that we give them away. I don’t feel guilty for enjoying the …

Noah: Spiritual Care

October 6, 2018 – 11:30 pm |
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Our sages were critical of Noah because he did failed to provide spiritual care for the people of his generation. Noah was a righteous man and worthy of rescue from the flood, but never once did Noah plead with G-d, let alone demand from G-d, to spare the people of …

Bereshit: Long Life

October 3, 2018 – 9:00 pm |
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In many communities it is customary to wish one another ‘long life’ after a funeral or in a house of mourning. In the simple sense it is a wish for longevity, in the deeper sense it means that our lives should be long–filled with achievements that outlast our lifetimes.
This brings …

Simchat Torah: Pure Joy

October 2, 2018 – 10:04 pm |
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For ten days we prayed, self examined, and repented. This introspection reached its zenith on Yom Kippur, when we set ourselves and our comforts aside and focused solely on G-d. We didn’t eat or drink, we rejected creature comforts, and spent the day wrapped up in supplication.
At this point G-d …

Sukkot: Palm Frond

September 20, 2018 – 9:12 am |
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The Palm frond is the tallest and most visible of the four species that we waive during the festival of Sukkot. So much does the Palm frond stand out that it is perceived as the signature piece of the four species. When referring to the four species, one often describes …

Rosh Hashanah Shabbat Shuva: On Credit

September 9, 2018 – 12:56 am |
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A Year on Credit?
Everyone knows that the last festival of the High Holidays season is Simchat Torah when we dance around the Bimah with the Torah in a ceremony called Hakafot. But did you know that hakafot is not only the mark Simchat Torah, the last holiday of the High …