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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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Vaetchanan: Pay Attention

August 15, 2016 – 11:49 pm | 288 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 | 298 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 | 783 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 | 854 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 | 726 views
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The Curve
Have you ever noticed the curve of the Ten Commandments?

Vaetchanan: The Love Deficit

August 10, 2011 – 5:17 pm | 2,079 views
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Managing Debt
Unless you’ve been hibernating, you have certainly heard that the United States Congress voted to raise its national debt ceiling by 2.4 trillion while pledging to cut spending by nearly the same amount.

Vaetchanan: Where is G-d

July 18, 2010 – 3:28 am | 658 views
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In Close Proximity
Where are you closer to G-d, on a serene mountain top surrounded by the beauty of nature or on a loud, dirty street corner in the middle of an inner city? It is true that you might feel closer to G-d on the mountaintop, but this essay will …

Vaetchanan: Science and Faith

July 23, 2009 – 2:56 pm | One Comment | 927 views
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July 21, 1969
Monday July 21, 2009, marked forty years since Neil Armstrong, stepped off the Apollo 11 and set foot on the moon. Forty years is a long time; our sages taught that students do not fully assimilate lessons learned in their youth until forty years have passed. (1) Today, …