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Vayetze: Fusing Stones

November 18, 2017 – 8:20 pm | 46 views

Jacob went to bed on a mountain and placed his head on twelve stones. In the morning, when he awoke, the twelve stones had fused into one. Our sages taught that during the night the angels in charge of these stones began to argue because each wanted to serve as …

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Toldot: Hunting is not a Jewish Sport

November 12, 2017 – 8:17 am |
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Although hunting is not as common as it used to be, it remains a popular sport around the world. This essay explores why hunting has never been considered a Jewish sport.

Hunting

A Jew once asked Rabbi Yechezkel Landau, the 18th century chief rabbi of Cracow, whether hunting is permissible. Rabbi Landau replied that even if it were permitted, hunting is certainly not a Jewish sport.

In the Torah we meet two hunters. One was Nimrod, who inspired the Tower of Babel and incited the entire world to rebellion against G-d, the other was Esau, the archetype of wickedness and evil. Nimrod was a master hunter who was never outfoxed and never missed. However, Esau challenged Nimrod to a duel and won. With victory came the spoils. Esau claimed Nimrod’s awesome hunting robe. Read the full story »

Chayei Sarah: Why We Bury

November 4, 2017 – 10:34 pm | One Comment | 
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After the binding of Isaac, Abraham discovered that his wife Sarah had passed, and he hurried from Jerusalem to Hebron to eulogise, mourn and bury her.  This is the first description of a burial in the Torah, which gives us an opportunity to discuss the question of why we bury.
Many …

Vayera: All About Me

October 29, 2017 – 12:44 am |
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News was made last week, when a ninety-year-old Jew in Ukraine elected to be circumcised.[1] Of course, this was hardly the first time something like this occurred. The first time, was when our forefather Abraham did it at the age of ninety-nine.
Beyond the removal of the foreskin, what is the …

Lech Lecha: Israel is Home

October 21, 2017 – 10:17 pm |
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When my daughter messaged me that she landed in Israel, I replied welcome home. Later, on the phone, she told me that this was the first time she had landed somewhere and did not feel homesick. My message explained why. Israel is home.
It’s not just me. In honor of Israel’s …

Noach: Inner Peace

October 14, 2017 – 10:11 pm |
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How does one achieve inner peace?
To answer this question we must first ask, what factors deprive us of inner peace? There are all kinds of answers to the second question. Inner peace can be hampered by money stresses, family stresses, insecurity issues and many others. But I submit that the …

Sukkot: G-d’s Holiday

October 1, 2017 – 12:46 am |
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Why and When
Sukkot, the festival of Tabernacles, is celebrated on the fifteenth day of the Hebrew month Tishrei. It celebrates the clouds of glory that G-d provided for our ancestors in the desert. For forty years, they were sheltered from the desert’s elements by the clouds that G-d dispatched to …

High Holiday Greetings

September 23, 2017 – 9:56 pm |
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Some places in the world are blessed with eternal sunshine. Other places are marked by perpetual darkness. Some places are always warm, other places are always cold. Our country has seasons.
There is a season for frigid cold and a season for desultory heat. There is a season for torrential downpours …

Rosh Hashanah: Pickled Meat and Free Choice

September 16, 2017 – 10:41 pm |
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Surface Attraction
A man once went to the butcher and saw two bins, one filled with fresh meat, the other, with pickled meat. The pickled meat smelled good and drew his attention. He bought five pounds of the it and returned the next day with terrible stomach pains. Why didn’t you …

Ki Tavo: A Matter of Perspective

September 2, 2017 – 10:39 pm |
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Blessing and Curse
When you stand in Samaria, in the city of Shechem (Nablus), and look south and north, you quickly gain perspective. You see, Shechem is nestled between two great mountains, mount Gerizim to its south and Mount Ebal to its north. Gerizim has a natural spring, and is semi …