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Shavuot: Stay Another Day

May 24, 2020 – 12:25 am | 32 views

Stay another day is a chant we hear from our children when a magical, wonderful vacation comes to an end. We don’t want to leave, they exclaim. This is so beautiful; we want to stay another day.
We all have that experience when a wonderful vacation comes to an end. It …

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Bamidbar: You Count

May 16, 2020 – 10:39 pm |
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You count, we each do. But the question is, for how much? Do you count for one, do you count for more than one, for less than one? Compared to everyone around you, what is your value?

When G-d instructed Moses to take a census of the Jews, he arrived at a definite number, 603,550.[1] Yet, Hosea prophesied. “the number of the children of Israel will be like the sand of the sea that can be neither counted nor measured.”[2] So can the Jewish people be counted or are we beyond counting? Read the full story »

B’har B’chukotai: The Workweek

May 9, 2020 – 11:15 pm |
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The workweek is mundane, Shabbat is holy. Right? Well, maybe not. Let’s take a closer look.
The Torah presents the laws of the Sabbatical year. For six years, work your fields, on the seventh year you shall rest. This is remarkably similar in both content and language to Shabbat—for six days …

Emor: Long Nights

May 2, 2020 – 10:45 pm |
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Long nights are the hallmark of winter when most of our day is spent in the dark. Most people detest these long nights and look forward to the summer’s long days, but the truth is that there is something to be cherished in  these vanishing nights.
Long nights can be gloomy …

Acharei Kedoshim: Balance

April 26, 2020 – 12:17 am |
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Balance is the most important tool to develop in life. Without balance, nothing succeeds. We learn this from Nadab and Abihu, Aaron’s two sons. They were among the holiest and the brightest of the Jewish people, but inexplicably, on the day that the tabernacle was erected, they entered the Holy …

Tazria Metzora: It Is Not About You

April 19, 2020 – 10:18 pm |
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The Torah tells us that a Jewish man who contracted skin lesions called tzaraat had to be quarantined until the lesions cleared, at which time, he would bring an offering in the Temple. The offering included (among other things) a cedar stick and a hyssop.
Seeking symbolism in these components, our …

Corona: G-d Is Watching

April 14, 2020 – 1:36 pm |
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G-d is watching all the time. He neither slumbers nor sleeps; never gets distracted or overwhelmed. He is always watching.
I know what you are thinking. You are thinking I am going to sermonize on the theological belief that G-d is watching even in times of difficulty. If we ask where …

Passover: In Isolation

April 12, 2020 – 10:24 am |
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Isolation is no longer a word; it has become a way of life. For many of us, isolation can be a blessing. We are forced to spend more time than usual with our children and spouses, and we can make it a positive memorable experience. But there are those of …

Tzav: Until Morning

April 3, 2020 – 6:35 pm |
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Until morning is a phrase of promise and hope. The night is dark and desolate, but it won’t last forever. We might be anxious and fearful, perhaps disappointed and bitter, but it won’t last forever. Until morning. When the morning dawns, the fog will lift, the sun will shine, and …

Vayikra: Healthy Distancing

March 22, 2020 – 5:17 pm |
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Healthy distancing is a phrase I coined to replace the term social distancing. As I wrote last week, we are distancing for healthy purposes, not for social purposes and we must do out utmost to ensure that our healthy distancing does not result in social distancing.
Jews are careful to avoid …