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Ekev: Why We Eat

August 18, 2019 – 2:16 pm | 88 views

We eat because we must live, but according to the Torah, eating is even more important than life.
One of the most profound messages in the Torah is captured in this verse. “Man does not live on bread alone, but on the word of G-d.” There are many layers of meaning …

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Vaetchanan: True Love

August 11, 2019 – 11:11 pm |
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G-d wants our love. How much love does He want? Whatever we are prepared to give, and then some.

And you shall love G-d with all your heart, with all your life, and with all your might.”[1] This verse demands that we give G-d three kinds of love. The love of our heart, the love of our life, and the love of our might.

The love of the heart is the easiest to give. In today’s day, we give up the love of our heart rather freely. If your friend brings home a new blouse and asks if you like it, you are likely to reply, I love it. Are you exaggerating? Perhaps, a little. You don’t mean that you have a loving relationship with the blouse. You mean that you see beauty in the blouse. You have fallen in love with its aesthetics. You are drawn to it. When you behold it, you feel a flutter in your heart. Read the full story »

Devarim: Family Unity

August 4, 2019 – 9:03 pm |
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Family unity is the most important part of Judaism, and the most elusive. Why is that?
What are the Jewish people? We aren’t a race since there are Jews from all different races, white Jews, black, Jews, Hispanic Jews, etc. We aren’t a nation since there are Jews from all different …

Matot Masei: Your Daughter

July 28, 2019 – 12:32 am |
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Your daughter is born, and you rejoice. You revel with your wife, children, family and friends; there is a new addition to the family. Right? Well only in part. Your daughter is yours, but she is also part of a different family.
The Torah tells us about the daughters of Zelophehad, …

Pinchas: A New Generation

July 20, 2019 – 11:23 pm |
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A new generation had emerged in the desert as Moses neared the end of his life. His siblings Miriam and Aharon had passed on. His nephew Elazar was now high priest and Elazar’s son, Pinchas, had joined the ranks of the priesthood. Shortly after Aharon’s passing, we notice signs of …

Balak: Shabbat and the Week

July 14, 2019 – 1:01 am |
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Shabbat is a twenty-five-hour break from the world. It is a wonderful time to unplug and relax. We enjoy quality time with children, family, and friends. We luxuriate in endeavors of the soul such as song, contemplation, study, prayer, and discussion. Unplugging from our phone’s constant pinging, our constant attraction …

Korach: The Selfie

June 30, 2019 – 12:11 am |
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Selfie pictures are all the rage these days. There are all kinds of tricks to get just the right angle. You can get an arm extender to help you to get the best shot. I saw reports that one of the hottest sale items last year was a pocket-size selfie …

Shelach: A Talit Meditation

June 23, 2019 – 12:05 am |
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The Talit is a shawl that we wrap around ourselves during prayer. It has four corners, from each of which, hangs eight fringes. Everyday, before we wrap ourselves in the Talit, we separate each fringe from the others and tighten the knots that bind them to the Talit.
As we run …

B’haalotcha: The Individualized Collective

June 16, 2019 – 12:14 am |
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An individualized collective is a collective that doesn’t require its members to surrender their individuality before joining the collective. On the surface, this sounds patently obvious; everyone ought to agree with it, right? Wrong. In real life it is very difficult to find the balance between the two. The great …

Naso: Give Your Fellow A Lift

June 11, 2019 – 7:27 pm |
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Lift is an interesting word. In America, you give someone a lift, when you drive them to their destination. In England, it refers to an elevator. The British meaning makes more sense. A lift should lift you vertically; not transport you horizontally.
The concept of vertical lift is the subject of …