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Vayeshev: Dare to Dream

December 14, 2019 – 6:30 pm | 0 views

Dream on, is an expression we use when someone shares a hope that seems fantastical. To dare to dream is to have the courage to think beyond the box; to push the envelope. Plans that people dismiss as impossible, are the stuff of dreams. Martin Luther King Jr. gave a …

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Vayishlach: Minority Syndrome

December 7, 2019 – 8:26 pm |
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When Jacob returned to Israel after twenty-two years of being a minority in the city of Haran, where his uncle Laban lived, he said “I sojourned with Laban . . . and I acquired oxen and donkeys, flocks, manservants, and maidservants.[1]

Why did he announce that he had sojourned with Laban, didn’t his family already know where he was? They were there when he departed for Laban’s home all those years earlier. Also, why did he brag about his vast wealth? Firstly, they could see for themselves and didn’t need to be told. Secondly, would a righteous person like Jacob brag? He must have been trying to convey a message. What was it? Read the full story »

Vayetze: Find Your Well

November 30, 2019 – 10:51 pm |
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Find your well is a mission to live by. Once we figure how to find it, it can be the answer to life’s moral challenges.
You see, there are three kinds of places, the city, the field, and the desert. The city is where people live. Wild animals are not usually …

Toldot: Like father like son

November 23, 2019 – 10:51 pm |
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Like father like son, an idiom rooted in the words of Ezekiel (44:16), “like mother like daughter,” describes a child that resembles his parent in either mannerism or behavior. This idiom could truly be applied to our forefather Isaac, who is introduced to us in the Torah as, “Isaac, the …

Chayei Sarah: Consistency in Education

November 17, 2019 – 4:01 pm |
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Consistency is the most important part of education. Children need to hear the same message from their teachers, parents, coaches, and peers. When we expose our children to multiple streams of thoughts and conflicting values so they can make educated choices, we only succeed in confusing them. Children don’t need …

Vayera: The Moral Sense

November 9, 2019 – 9:24 pm |
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The moral sense is the innate human conviction that kindness and fairness are good, and cruelty is bad. We can’t explain why this is so, but if anyone would claim that cruelty is good and challenge us to explain why it is bad, we would throw up our hands in …

Lech L’cha: True Faith

November 2, 2019 – 11:14 pm |
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True faith is not easy to come by. Abraham possessed true faith, but most people in his generation were incapable of true faith until a particular event occurred that made it possible to achieve true faith.
Let me tell you two stories about Abraham:[1]
The first story: At the age of three, …

Noach: Public Policy

October 28, 2019 – 12:37 am |
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Public policy must be established on principle, not empathy, says Paul Bloom, a psychology professor at Yale and author of Against Empathy: The Case For Rational Compassion. Empathy plays a role when deciding how or how much we should personally help another in need, but public policy should never be …

Bereshit: Human Centric

October 22, 2019 – 10:06 pm |
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For millennia it was believed that the world is human centric, but science has slowly chipped away at this assumption.
From the day the first astronomer focused his gaze on the distant stars, humans postulated that our planet sits at the center of the universe and serves as the focal point …

Simchat Torah: No Break

October 20, 2019 – 12:31 pm |
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On Simchat Torah we read the last passage of the Torah, but we don’t stop for even a moment when we finish reading the Torah. Instead, we turn around and start over immediately from the first verse. There are many celebrations on Simchat Torah, but they come before we read …