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November 17, 2018 – 9:12 pm | 14 views

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, …

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The Massacre in Pittsburgh

October 27, 2018 – 11:50 pm | 60 views
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, …

Nitzavim: Democracy in Israel

September 2, 2018 – 5:37 pm | One Comment | 558 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 | 294 views
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Marijuana and knives, what’s the connection?
Knives
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 | 459 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 | 1,609 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 | 699 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 | 665 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 | 1,037 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 …