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A man once went to the butcher and saw two bins, one filled with fresh meat, the other, with pickled meat. The pickled meat smelled good and drew his attention. He bought five pounds of the it and returned the next day with terrible stomach pains. Why didn’t you …

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Vaetchana: Recovering from Grief

July 30, 2017 – 12:42 pm | 129 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 | 344 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 | 350 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 | 845 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 | 905 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 | 775 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 | 2,139 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 | 725 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 …