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We are all familiar with chai, the Hebrew word for life. Chai has a numeric value of eighteen, which is why it is common for Jews to donate to charity in multiples of eighteen. The Talmud tells us that charity saves us from premature death.[1] When we donate in multiples …

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Ekev: I Did It My Way

August 6, 2017 – 12:21 am | 430 views
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My Way
Frank Sinatra famously sang, “I traveled each and every high way . . . but more, much more than this . . . I did it my way.”
The song struck a chord especially in the West because it acknowledged an uncanny truth. Despite our limitations, despite our failures, we …

Ekev: Study First

August 20, 2016 – 11:09 pm | 626 views
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Study and Practice
To be a fully engaged Jew, one must study the Torah and practice its commandments. Torah study enables us to explore G-d’s mind, as it were. This draws us closer to Him, nourishes our souls and informs our spiritual mindset. Practicing the Torah’s commandments marries theory to reality …

Ekev: Habitude of Gratitude

August 20, 2016 – 10:50 pm | 699 views
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Grace After Meals
If you have even a nominal Jewish education, from day school, summer camp or home, you know that Judaism is a habitude of gratitude. When we awaken, we share words of gratitude, before and after we eat, once again gratitude. Before we go to sleep, some more gratitude.
Yes, …

Ekev: Why Fear G-d?

July 22, 2013 – 3:21 pm | One Comment | 1,428 views
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What is Fear?
Western society has rejected fear. We look back to the pedagogy of previous generations and believe it better to teach our children with love. We look back to the fear based leadership exercised by regimes and monarchies in the past and believe that our tolerant and open approach …

Ekev: Animal Lovers

July 31, 2012 – 10:22 pm | 1,853 views
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Caring for Your Pet
From time immemorial people have raised animals, but they didn’t always love them. Early animal domesticators put their animals to work. Wolves and later dogs were used as hunting tools. Cattle and fowl were either slaughtered for food or kept for wool, milk and eggs. Horses and …

Ekev: Popular is not Always Right

August 14, 2011 – 2:08 am | 1,046 views
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The Market Syndrome
The markets are behaving poorly, stock prices are erratic and investors, whose portfolios have been thinned, want to bail. Is it time to panic? Should we call the stock broker immediately?

Ekev: The Art of Translation

July 25, 2010 – 3:56 am | 1,030 views
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Where Is G-d?
Reb Mendel of Kotzk is said to have asked his disciples to tell him where G-d can be found. They offered many answers, all of which he rejected, until he explained, G-d is where you let him in.

Tu B’av: When Smaller Is Bigger

August 2, 2009 – 3:53 am | 2,402 views
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Self Doubt
Have you ever made a snap decision that radically altered your lifestyle? I’m talking about deciding to move to a place you were visiting, changed careers midcourse,  or perhaps seeing something attractive in a particular teacher and making a snap decision to transfer your child to her class.