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Shelach: Depersonalize

June 21, 2020 – 12:29 am | 146 views

The ability to depersonalize is key to social interaction. It is normal for people to disagree, after all, G-d gave us each unique brains and mindsets. It is impossible for us all to see the world the same way. Disagreements are inevitable. But in and of themselves, disagreements don’t jeopardize …

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Chukat Balak: The Commandments

June 25, 2020 – 10:15 pm |
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The Torah’s laws about how to purify oneself from ritual contamination can only be prevalent at a time when ritual contamination is possible. Ritual contamination occurs when a Jew comes in contact with a dead body. When the Mashiach comes, the prophetic promise that death will cease and all the dead with return to life, will be fulfilled. At that time, there will be no death and no impurity, as Zachariah foretold, “the spirit of impurity I shall remove from the earth.”[1]

This raises a question about the immutability of Torah law. The Talmud famously states that the Torah’s laws will never be extinct.[2] If the circumstances that require the law become extinct, doesn’t the law itself become extinct? The answer is, of course, that the law won’t be extinct. The process of purification will remain in place, but it will be dormant because the need for it will become extinct. Read the full story »

Shelach: To Smile or To Cry?

June 13, 2020 – 11:51 pm |
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The Torah relates a fascinating human-interest story about people who couldn’t help themselves and had to satisfy their curiosity. As is often the case, when we chase down our curiosities, they turn against us.
It had been more than a year since the Jews had left Egypt, and they were anxious …

B’ha’alotcha: On the Derech

June 6, 2020 – 11:29 pm |
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Derech is Hebrew for path or way. In the Jewish world, there is a phrase that you are likely familiar with, on the derech or off the derech. Those who are on the path toward increasing their Torah observance, are described as on the derech”—on the way and making inroads. …

Shavuot: Stay Another Day

May 24, 2020 – 12:25 am |
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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 …

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 …

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 …