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Bo: Enter the Exodus Mindset

January 13, 2018 – 10:39 pm | 48 views

Names are instructive, they tell us a lot about the things that they describe. When Jewish custom and history settles on a name for a Torah portion, the name bears a connection to the general theme of the portion. The name of this portion is Bo, which means to enter. …

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Vaeira: Doing Our Best

January 6, 2018 – 9:02 pm |
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Children And Adults

The roaring twenties were not so roaring for the Jewish community of Poland. The Lubavitcher Rebbe’s trusted disciple, Rabbi Yechezkel (Chatshe) Fegin administered the Chabad network of Jewish schools in the region, but there was always a lack of funding. One day, Rabbi Fegin informed the Rebbe that there was’not enough money to feed the scholarly students at the academy.

Rabbi Fegin asked why the Rebbe continued to earmark much needed funds to reward young children for memorizing Torah verses while neglecting the academy’s older students, who were studying much more Torah. The Rebbe replied, “Chatche Chatshe, when did you become such a specialist (meivin) on Jewish souls?” The story goes that Rabbi Fegin began to cry, and the Rebbe joined him.

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Shemos: Jewish Pride

December 30, 2017 – 9:41 pm |
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Our sages taught that when Jews were enslaved in Egypt, the tribe of Levi, remained free.[1] I asked my children to tell me why the tribe of Levi was given a pass from bondage and they supplied the very answers offered by our greatest luminaries. My older daughter explained that …

Rubashkin: Time to Forgive

December 26, 2017 – 11:03 pm | One Comment | 
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The old conversation has reared its head again. When Shalom Mordechai Rubashkin was first charged with employing illegal and underage workers and with operating an unsafe work environment, I argued that we must give a fellow Jew the benefit of the doubt and assume innocence until proven guilty. When the …

Rubashkin: Celebrating the Release of a Convicted Felon?

December 23, 2017 – 11:03 pm |
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Eight years ago, Rabbi Shalom Mordechai Rubashkin was convicted on multiple charges of bank fraud, and sentenced to twenty-seven year in prison plus a restitution fine of 31 million dollars. Last Wednesday, the last day of Chanukah, 2017, Rubashkin’s sentence was commuted by President Donald Trump and the Jewish community …

Vayechi: Rejoice for Others

December 23, 2017 – 10:37 pm |
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To rejoice for others, when they receive the something that you coveted, is difficult. To rejoice for others despite personal disappointment, or loss, displays character, humility, and refinement. It is rare, but every parent hopes to see such virtue in their child.
As the sun sets on Friday and the weekday …

Vayigash: Our Parents

December 18, 2017 – 11:52 pm |
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Do our parents have access to our lives? Do we share our secrets with them? Do they have unfettered access to our grandchildren, for example, do we let them take our children away on vacation?
Sadly, there are many people who grow up and shut their parents out. Some do it …

Chanukah: The True Heroes

December 9, 2017 – 11:09 pm |
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The Women
The miracle of Chanukah has true heroes, and though we usually think of the Maccabees and the priests who kindled the miraculous lamps in the Temple, Chanukah’s true heroes are the women and children.
The Talmud tells us that although positive commandments bound by particular times, are usually non-binding on …

Vayeshev: Prosperity

December 2, 2017 – 11:20 pm |
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After Jacob returned from Haran, where he contended with the avarice and deceit of his uncle Laban, he was forced to face his long-standing nemesis and brother Esau. Once that was done, Jacob sought to settle down and raise his family in relative peace and comfort. He hoped to enjoy …

Vayishlach: Family Feud

November 26, 2017 – 1:02 am |
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The worst kind of feud is a family feud. When we feel betrayed by those we love, the pain runs deep, and it is difficult to forgive. Some people won’t attend their grand nephew’s wedding because of a family feud from decades back. Deep pain tends to be lasting and …