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Lech Lecha: The Convert’s Soul

October 6, 2013 – 5:58 am | One Comment | 6,829 views
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No Fear
On one of my visits to Israel a dear friend took me on a tour of the ruins of Shiloh. He showed me the remnants of a huge stone wall atop a massive hill and described how formidable the fortress appeared to lone travelers at the bottom of the …

Lech Lecha: Trickle Down Religion-omics

October 21, 2012 – 2:08 am | 2 Comments | 3,999 views
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Top Down or Middle Out
A debate rages across the United States about the best way to jump start an economy. Some believe in the top down solution; offer tax relief to job creators so they can pump more money into the economy. Others believe in the Middle Out solution; increase …

Lech Lecha: In the Clouds or on the Ground

October 30, 2011 – 3:46 am | 2,468 views
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Two Paradigms
Who is truly the person of G-d? Is it the venerable sage who sits alone,head in the clouds, nose buried in ancient tomes or the fellow on the streets, who guides the perplexed and mentors seeking souls? Is it the scholar, whose mind is immersed in ancient wisdoms or …

Lech Lecha: The Jewish Flu

October 10, 2010 – 2:59 am | 2 Comments | 2,758 views
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The Shot
Would you knowingly invite a friend to your home if s/he had the flu? As a parent I am always grateful when invited guests beg off because they have the sniffles. I have children at home and would never expose them to a communicable disease; not even the common …

Lech L’cha: Ancestral Rights Or Globalism

October 26, 2009 – 1:48 pm | 2,493 views
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Ancient Divide
Shortly after Great Flood Noah apportioned the known landmass to his three children. Japheth, the oldest son, was awarded Asia and Europe, Ham, the youngest, received the African continent and Shem, the youngest son, received a relatively small section in the Middle East. It was hardly a continent, but …

Lech Lecha: The True You

November 4, 2008 – 10:10 pm | 2,267 views
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Multiple Roles
Countless hours and dollars are spent in therapy by people seeking themselves. I know someone who is a parent of three, a devoted husband, successful doctor, captain of his football team, coach of his son’s little league team, friend of his social circle and if that is not enough, …

Lech Lecha: Food for Thought At Your Dinner Table

October 11, 2007 – 10:19 pm | 1,947 views
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Sunday: Self Discovery
Abraham could not truly discover his true nature till he divested himself from all outside influence. Till G-d instructed him to, “Go to you, from your land, your birthplace and your father’s home.”

Lech Lecha: The Essence of Judaism

October 12, 2006 – 4:03 am | 3 Comments | 9,113 views
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Why be Jewish?
As a rabbi I am often asked why it is important to be Jewish. A plethora of answers are  offered, but only one is intellectually honest. Some argue that Judaism is a religion of ethics. Others say that it encourages free thinking and open dialogue. Others invoke  Judaism’s …