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When Jacob returned to Israel after twenty-two years of being a minority in the city of Haran, where his uncle Laban lived, he said “I sojourned with Laban . . . and I acquired oxen and donkeys, flocks, manservants, and maidservants.[1]
Why did he announce that he had sojourned with Laban, …

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Vaetchanan: True Love

August 11, 2019 – 11:11 pm | 162 views
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G-d wants our love. How much love does He want? Whatever we are prepared to give, and then some.
“And you shall love G-d with all your heart, with all your life, and with all your might.”[1] This verse demands that we give G-d three kinds of love. The love of …

Vaetchanan: The Link

July 22, 2018 – 9:48 pm | 670 views
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The link between past and present is critical to Judaism. Without a past, we don’t have a present, and won’t have a future. Judaism exists today only because every past generation chose to absorb its predecessors’ teachings and transmit it to their successors. Had only two or three successive generations …

Vaetchana: Recovering from Grief

July 30, 2017 – 12:42 pm | 1,545 views
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When Grief Debilitates
This Shabbat is all about comfort. After commemorating the destruction of both Jewish Temples this Tuesday, we are in a state of grief and in significant need of comfort. Yet the question is how does one find comfort after such immense grief? If we find it difficult to …

Vaetchanan: Pay Attention

August 15, 2016 – 11:49 pm | 1,642 views
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Shema Yisrael
The best known verse in the Torah is the declaration of Jewish faith, Shema Yisrael, “hear O’ Israel, G-d is our Lord G-d is one.”[1] It is part of our liturgy and is recited four times a day. It is the verse with which countless Jews faced their death …

Vaetchanan: A Woman’s Comfort

August 15, 2016 – 11:45 pm | 1,417 views
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Comfort
Just before I sat down to write this essay, I tucked my daughter Rochel into bed. As I walked into her room, she was struggling with pillows, blankets and a comforter that were way too large for her to maneuver. I offered to help, but she declined. I realized that …

Vaetchanan: A Jewish Right to A Jewish Land

August 3, 2014 – 4:39 am | 1,589 views
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Let It Be
The Rebbe of Gur was visited by an official of the British Mandate. In the course of conversation the official informed the Rebbe that the British were poised to move out and leave Israel to the Jews. The Rebbe’s reply was a Yidishism – “Mi-Chi-Teise,” an idiom loosely …

Vaetchanan: Therapeutic Healing

July 17, 2013 – 5:52 am | 1,836 views
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A Six Day Journey
We come away from the ninth of Av, the saddest day in the Jewish calendar, with a spring to our step and a sense of hope. The six day stretch between the ninth and the fifteenth of Av are a transitional period, a time for healing. Our …

Vaetchanan: The Heart of Religion

July 29, 2012 – 11:05 pm | 1,606 views
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The Curve
Have you ever noticed the curve of the Ten Commandments?