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Let me say this right up front: Were you ever kissed, is not a question you expect to hear from a rabbi in a devar Torah. But I do mean the question sincerely, were you ever kissed? I’m not asking if you were ever kissed by your parents, grandparents, children, …

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The Passing of Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

November 12, 2020 – 6:18 pm | 234 views
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The world has lost a great leader with the passing of Rabbi Jonathan Sacks. Who will be his successor?
There will be millions beginning with me and you.
This Shabbat, the family of Lord Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, former Chief Rabbi of the Commonwealth, will complete their week of mourning for Rabbi Sacks …

Chayei Sarah: Personal Agenda

November 7, 2020 – 9:19 pm | 120 views
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Did you ever do a favor for another while harboring a personal agenda? If yes, would you ever admit it?
Abraham sent his servant Eliezer to Mesopotamia to seek a bride for Isaac among his relatives. Eliezer asked what to do if perchance the bride refused to return with him to …

Chayei Sarah: Consistency in Education

November 17, 2019 – 4:01 pm | 376 views
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Consistency is the most important part of education. Children need to hear the same message from their teachers, parents, coaches, and peers. When we expose our children to multiple streams of thoughts and conflicting values so they can make educated choices, we only succeed in confusing them. Children don’t need …

Chayei Sarah: The Good Life

October 27, 2018 – 10:34 pm | 667 views
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Our sages derived from the opening of this week’s Torah reading that Sarah lived a good life. The Torah says, “And the years of Sarah’s life were a hundred years, and twenty years, and seven years. The years of her life.” The last sentence is superfluous. Our sages taught that …

Chayei Sarah: Why We Bury

November 4, 2017 – 10:34 pm | One Comment | 3,260 views
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After the binding of Isaac, Abraham discovered that his wife Sarah had passed, and he hurried from Jerusalem to Hebron to eulogise, mourn and bury her.  This is the first description of a burial in the Torah, which gives us an opportunity to discuss the question of why we bury.
Many …

Chayei Sarah: In the Moment

November 19, 2016 – 9:17 pm | 1,476 views
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The selfish Doctrine
Most of the Western world today is consumed with entitlements. The primary question is how many of my rights am I getting and to how many more am I entitled? When we see others enjoying prosperity, power, fame, happiness, family or good health, all we can think about …

Chayei Sarah: Every Jew

October 31, 2015 – 11:58 pm | 1,710 views
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Who Came first?
Do you remember when Al Gore took credit for inventing the Internet? You have to love it when people come along decades after something is in place and claim to have discovered it. Christopher Columbus “discovered” America, right? Wrong. Natives lived here for thousands of years before Columbus …

Chayei Sarah: The Joys of Hard Work

November 6, 2014 – 2:50 pm | One Comment | 3,585 views
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No Break
Abraham seems to have been in love with hard work. The frenetic pace of his life was unusual. In his youth, he organized and gave mass lectures on Monotheism all across Mesopotamia. He wrote four hundred books on the subject.