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Vayigash: Know It All

December 8, 2018 – 6:45 pm | 27 views

What do you do when you know it all? Life is only interesting when there is mystery. When we have questions to answer, theses to research, frontiers to explore, peaks to climb, depths to plumb, curiosities to quench, and knowledge to acquire, life has thrill and excitement. But what do …

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Chanukah: Light in the Dark

December 2, 2018 – 9:50 pm |
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The Chanukah candles usher light into darkness and warmth into cold. They are kindled as the sun sets and they are placed strategically in the window or doorway to catch the attention of passerby. This point is essential to Chanukah candles. After the streets have emptied of foot traffic, one may no longer light the Chanukah candles. (One may light them without reciting a blessing.)

The purpose is not only to light up the dark street, but to cheer up the lonely heart trudging through the cold. The message of the Chanukah candles is that even in the darkest of times, even in desperate circumstances, as was the case during the Syrian Greek occupation of Israel, one may never give up hope. Just as G-d performed miracles for us then, so will G-d provide for us again. Read the full story »

Vayeshev: My Brother’s Keeper

November 24, 2018 – 9:43 pm |
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Cain famously asked, “am I my brother’s keeper?” History has not taken kindly to Cain and has responded with a resounding yes, you are your brother’s keeper. But Cain had done ill by Abel. What if it is the reverse, suppose your brother does ill by you, are you still …

Vayishlach: O Brother

November 17, 2018 – 9:12 pm |
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It had been thirty-four years since Jacob escaped his brother Esau’s wrath. During this time Jacob had spent fourteen years studying Torah and twenty years building his family. He had descended to the immoral pit of his uncle Laban’s home, and emerged unaffected and even stronger for the ordeal. Esau, …

Vayetze: Expand Your Envelope

November 12, 2018 – 9:20 am |
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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 …

Toldot: A Defense of Jews

November 3, 2018 – 8:06 pm |
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Our Patriarch Isaac had nothing better to do with his day than plant seeds? Surely Isaac could think of many things to do. He could study Torah, he could do good deeds, he could look after his children, after all, twins can be a handful. Why did he work in …

The Massacre in Pittsburgh

October 27, 2018 – 11:50 pm |
Tragedy in Pittsburgh

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, …

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 …