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When the Jewish people camped at Sinai, the Torah tells us that they were united. Rather than saying that they camped at Mount Sinai, the Torah says, he camped at Mount Sinai.[1] This draws the attention of Rashi, the eleventh century biblical commentator, who observes, “As one people with one …

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Ki Tavo: Doing It G-d’s Way

August 30, 2009 – 3:30 am | One Comment | 8,403 views
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Declaring Faith
As they entered the Holy Land our ancestors were instructed to inscribe the entire Torah on huge stones and display it for all to see. This was a declaration of faith in G-d. Entering the Holy Land was a new beginning that would require additional Divine protection and when …

Tzav: Birchat Hachamah – When the Sun Sings Again

March 29, 2009 – 3:04 am | One Comment | 2,276 views
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A Unique Event
On Wednesday morning, April 8, 2009, Jews around the world recited a blessing over the sun that was last recited in twenty-eight years ago. This blessing is recited when the sun returns to its point of origin, where it was when it was first created. Though the sun …

Takking a Stand On Mumbai

December 1, 2008 – 2:07 pm | 1,819 views

Good and Evil
Rebecca, the matriarch, was pregnant with twins. The prophet informed her that the twins she was carrying represented two paradigms: good and evil. The two would vie for supremacy. At times evil would prevail and at times righteousness would prevail, but in the end, goodness shall triumph.
The battle …

Unity – A Mile High

August 31, 2008 – 4:05 am | 4,393 views

A Celebration of Unity
The Democratic Party has recently held a deeply emotional convention with an overriding theme of party unity. Coming off a highly charged primary campaign that was both hostile and divisive, campaign aides and party leaders identified their primary task as mending the fissure and reuniting the party.
Events …

Shadows and Light

August 31, 2008 – 4:03 am | 2,162 views

It was one of those frustrating mornings when the sun seemed unable to decide whether to shine or not. It was quite frustrating, you know sunglasses on, sunglasses off, I’m sure you have all been there.  The sunshine brings joy to the heart, the promise of a day that looms …

Taking the Plunge

August 11, 2008 – 3:28 am | 2,149 views

The Cliff Jumpers
On a recent trip to the Niagara Escarpment I observed large signs proclaiming the prohibition against jumping off the high cliffs into the turbulent waters of Georgian Bay. At first I was surprised that the obvious had to be stated, after all, who in their right mind would …

Vayikra: Is Animal Sacrifice Cruel?

March 18, 2007 – 3:54 am | 2,646 views
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Is it Condoned?
“Rabbi,” I am often implored, “Please don’t tell me that the Torah condones animal sacrifice.” Many believe that animal sacrifice is immoral and ought to be discarded in the modern, enlightened age. When I reply that animal sacrifice is still condoned and that should the temple be erected …

Vayakhel/Pekudei: The Jewish Mother

March 11, 2007 – 2:51 am | 2 Comments | 3,028 views
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Forever
She was there at the very beginning and she is there for us still now. She was there at times of elation and was there in times of distress. She was there in times of hope and is still there in times of despair. She nurtured our faith under the …