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July 23, 2017 – 12:18 am | 9 views

A Holiday
Joseph Stalin reputedly visited a Jewish inmate in prison who was rumored to foresee the future. Can you tell me, asked Stalin, when I will die? Well, replied the Jew, I can’t tell you the exact date, but I can tell you that will die on a Jewish holiday. …

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Sh’lach: The Tetris Effect

June 11, 2017 – 12:08 am | 78 views
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My Tetris Effect Moment
On a recent trip, I was waiting for an airport shuttle to take me to my hotel. When a white bus pulled up with the words “Homestead Hilton” painted on the side, I entered the van. To my chagrin I discovered that there are two Hiltons in …

Shlach: Gradual Growth

June 25, 2016 – 11:13 pm | 388 views
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The Struggle
In Canada and the US, this is the season of liberty as both celebrate Independence Day this week. Canada won its independence peacefully, but for the US it was a long struggle, one that proved beyond doubt that all growth is gradual.
The Colonists’ principle complaint against Great Britain was …

Shlach: Rewarding Excellence

June 25, 2016 – 11:08 pm | 311 views
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Right not Fair
When my son joined little league I was surprised that all teams, losing and winning, received trophies. I realize that no one wants to brand their team a loser, but if everyone is rewarded, effort and excellence are not incentivized. It is only by rewarding excellence that we …

Shlach: Boots On The Ground

June 9, 2014 – 1:37 am | 3,536 views
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Ritual
I’m often asked how to make ritual exciting. It’s sad, but true that many Jewish children are raised with a ritualistic form of Judaism that lacks spirit and it is difficult for them to be inspired by meaningless rituals that feel repetitive and redundant. My answer is always the same. …

Shlach: On The Fringes of Tolerance

May 26, 2013 – 5:29 am | 782 views
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The Shawl
The prayer shawl is a fascinating garment. It is large enough to encompass the body, but is meaningless until it sports four fringes on each of its four corners. You might think the fringes are more important than the shawl, but think again. The fringes too are meaningless unless …

Sh’lach: Never Stop Loving

June 13, 2012 – 2:41 pm | 910 views
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LOL
When you see the popular texting term LOL do you read Lots of love or Laugh out Loud?
When you hear that Jews were sentenced to forty years of wandering the desert for believing the terrible report about Israel from the ten spies, you have to wonder, should we Laugh out …

Shlach: What I Learned From A Tree

June 12, 2011 – 4:46 am | 1,011 views
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The Holy Tree
Oh, the tales trees could tell if only trees could tell tales.There is a large tree in my backyard under whose branches many little dramas have played out. Many a toddler has crawled under its branches, many a back has leaned against its trunk, over the years the …

Shlach: Got Challah?

May 30, 2010 – 5:11 am | 693 views
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A Unique Form of Giving
There are many forms of giving; charitable donations, priestly offerings and sacrificial consecrations to name a few. The common denominator among these is that a portion of one’s property is donated or consecrated one time; rendering the remainder available for personal use. The one exception is …