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September 20, 2018 – 9:12 am | 28 views

The Palm frond is the tallest and most visible of the four species that we waive during the festival of Sukkot. So much does the Palm frond stand out that it is perceived as the signature piece of the four species. When referring to the four species, one often describes …

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Nitzavim: Democracy in Israel

September 2, 2018 – 5:37 pm | One Comment | 82 views
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Is Israel a democracy or a theocracy? Here is the story:
The Tel Aviv municipality and the Ayalon Highway Company plan to build a new pedestrian and cycling bridge that would cross the Ayalon Highway in Tel Aviv, one of the country’s most congested freeways.
The Ayalon Highway Company planned to shut …

Matos Masei: Marijuana and Knives

July 8, 2018 – 9:38 pm | 168 views
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Marijuana and knives, what’s the connection?
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In his book, The Better Angels of Our Nature,[1] Steven Pinker writes that he always had a difficult time with the rule of etiquette that doesn’t permit using a knife to shovel food onto the fork. He writes that after working without success to coax …

Balak: Weed is Now Legal

June 24, 2018 – 12:52 am | 284 views
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Canada has recently legalised weed, so we must ask, what is the Jewish perspective on weed?
Marijuana, or weed as it is known in the vernacular, is a derivative of the cannabis plant. On the surface, plants are kosher. The only thing to avoid when eating plants, are bugs, and by …

Rubashkin: Time to Forgive

December 26, 2017 – 11:03 pm | One Comment | 1,393 views
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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 | 547 views
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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 …

What I Learned from the Eclipse

August 22, 2017 – 10:10 am | 592 views
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Yesterday we were treated to a rare phenomenon, the eclipse of the sun. Scientists and laypeople alike were fascinated by the sudden visibility of the sun’s splendorous retina; the periphery that peeked out from around the moon’s perimeter.
The periphery is not usually visible because we are blinded by the sun’s …

Festival Shabbat: Show Respect

April 14, 2017 – 2:01 pm | 944 views
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United Airlines
Social media is abuzz with the terrible story that occurred on United Airlines several days ago. Dr, Dao, a 69 year old physician on a flight from Chicago to Louisville, was physically dragged off a plane after being beaten by three police officers. The physician’s crime was refusing to …

Noach: Cycle of Violence

October 30, 2016 – 1:15 am | 936 views
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Manipulative Media
Every time terror groups strike in Israel, we hear the same dribble from shameless leaders about cycles of violence. They want us to believe that a Jew who strikes back at a terrorist is equivalent to a terrorist striking an innocent Jew. Punishing the offender is the predicate of …