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Although hunting is not as common as it used to be, it remains a popular sport around the world. This essay explores why hunting has never been considered a Jewish sport.
Hunting
A Jew once asked Rabbi Yechezkel Landau, the 18th century chief rabbi of Cracow, whether hunting is permissible. Rabbi Landau …

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Masei: The Wandering Jew

July 16, 2017 – 1:24 am | 166 views
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Wandering
Why is the Jew always wandering? We left Egypt and spent the next forty years wandering in a dessert. Throughout our exile, our people have wandered. Even today, Jews who live in stable countries, don’t remain in the same place for long. Even Jews in Israel, wander away in search …

Masei: Back to Basics

July 31, 2016 – 12:00 am | 402 views
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Basics of LIfe
Are you still in touch with your grade school teachers; the ones that taught you the basics and laid your foundation for life? If you were like me, you looked down on your first grade teacher by the time you reached second grade. He was still in first, …

Masei: The Origins of Terror

July 18, 2014 – 6:35 pm | 595 views
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Terror Springs From Misery
If you repeat a lie often enough people begin to believe it. The claim that terror is caused by misery and poverty is one such example. It is so often repeated that a guilt ridden West has come to accept it. But no matter how oft a …

Matot Masei: Israel and the Jews

July 17, 2012 – 6:26 pm | 993 views
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What Is It?
What is it with Israel and the Jews? Take me for example; my family hasn’t lived in Israel for centuries. In fact I don’t how far back I need to trace my family history to find my roots in Israel. I’ve lived in North America all my life, …

Masei: The Journey of Life

July 22, 2011 – 5:45 pm | 788 views
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It’s What We Bring Home That Counts
Life is a journey with stations along the way, some more comfortable than others. It is when we settle in to the comfort of those stations that we often forget we are in mid journey.

Matos Masei: Fostering unity

July 4, 2010 – 4:14 am | 1,427 views
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Midyan
Do you know anyone that gets your goat? You know, the kind of person that irritates you no matter what s/he says. You resolve to control your feelings, but your annoyance boils over and, despite your resolve, your dam bursts through. We all have such triggers and we all know …

Matot Masei: The Anchored Journey

July 10, 2009 – 2:55 pm | 681 views
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The Journey
This conversation occurs in every Jewish home and I’m sure yours is no exception.Wife: Honey, I think its time we take another step in our Jewish growth, what do you think it should be?Husband: Are you sure this is the right time? I mean we just sent the kids …

Masei: Food for Thought for Your Dinner Table

July 27, 2008 – 3:49 am | 918 views
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Sunday: Forty-Two Journeys
The Torah, usually so economical with words, outlines the forty-two journeys that our ancestors made across the desert. The Baal Shem Tov taught that this enumeration illustrates that we each travel through forty-two stations during the course of our lives.
The details of these stations are known to …