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Noach: Inner Peace

October 14, 2017 – 10:11 pm | 20 views

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 …

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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 surround them on all sides. We commemorate this by sitting in specially constructed outdoor huts.

But the question arises, why now? Passover is celebrated on the day that our ancestors were liberated from Egypt. Shavuot, the holiday of weeks, is celebrated on the day that Jews received the Torah at Sinai. But what specifically occurred on the fifteenth of Tishrei that deserved a holiday? Read the full story »

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 …

Ki Tetze: A Happy Marriage

August 27, 2017 – 7:49 am |
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Marriage
Having attended two weddings this month and planning to attend two more next month, marriage is no doubt on my mind. Everyone says that marriage is hard work, yet at a wedding, when an innocent young man and woman are initiated into an endless cycle of hard work, we rejoice …

What I Learned from the Eclipse

August 22, 2017 – 10:10 am |
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Yesterday we were treated to a rare phenomenon, the eclipse of the sun. Scientists and laypeople alike were fascinated by the sudden visibility of the sun’s splendorous retina; the periphery that peeked out from around the moon’s perimeter.
The periphery is not usually visible because we are blinded by the sun’s …

Shoftim: Guard Your Integrity

August 19, 2017 – 11:12 pm |
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Integrity
The Torah tells us to post judges and guardians at the gates of our cities and “Eradicate evil from amongst you”.[1] We are taught that this rule applies not only to the city but also to the person. Every person is like a city; our limbs are the citizens, our …

Re’e: Life and Death

August 13, 2017 – 11:14 am |
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Shivah
Judaism has a formula for everything. From birth to death, the Torah provides a detailed guide on proper conduct. When it comes to death, Judaism prescribes a seven-day period of mourning, called shivah, during which we sit at home, sheltered from the daily routine, and mourn. However, immediately after this …

Ekev: I Did It My Way

August 6, 2017 – 12:21 am |
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My Way
Frank Sinatra famously sang, “I traveled each and every high way . . . but more, much more than this . . . I did it my way.”
The song struck a chord especially in the West because it acknowledged an uncanny truth. Despite our limitations, despite our failures, we …