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On Simchat Torah we read the last passage of the Torah, but we don’t stop for even a moment when we finish reading the Torah. Instead, we turn around and start over immediately from the first verse. There are many celebrations on Simchat Torah, but they come before we read …

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Devarim: Family Unity

August 4, 2019 – 9:03 pm | 194 views
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Family unity is the most important part of Judaism, and the most elusive. Why is that?
What are the Jewish people? We aren’t a race since there are Jews from all different races, white Jews, black, Jews, Hispanic Jews, etc. We aren’t a nation since there are Jews from all different …

Devarim: Too Clever

July 15, 2018 – 12:59 am | 792 views
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Sometimes we are too clever for our own good. One such time occurred in the second century when Rome decreed that Jews in Israel may not study the Torah on pain of death. Yet, the Talmud relates that Rabbi Akiva continued to offer public Torah lectures.
When questioned by Papus Ben …

Devarim: A Healthy Waste

July 23, 2017 – 12:18 am | 1,133 views
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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. …

D’varim: How Good Is Good?

August 6, 2016 – 11:57 pm | 17 views
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When More Is Less
There is an old saying, “if good is good, is better not better?” Contrast that with the saying, “everything is good, but only in moderation.” Which is true?
Ice cream is good, but too much of it gives you a stomach ache. Vacations are good, but too much …

Devarim: It Is Not About You

August 6, 2016 – 11:52 pm | 1,293 views
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Olympics
Two things drastically different events are taking place this week. Jews around the world are mourning the Temple that was destroyed in 69 BCE and Olympians from around the world are competing for gold medals. What is the connection between them? Both have learned the secret to life: It is …

Dvarim: The Power Of Words

July 27, 2014 – 4:20 am | One Comment | 4,116 views
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The other day, my nephew Yisrolik Zalmanov was reading a book, when my son asked,
“Isn’t it boring to sit around all day and read? Books are just words.”
“Yes,” replied my nephew, “but words tell stories and stories are interesting. For example, you enjoy listening to story tapes and those too …

Devarim: Your Dying Words

July 7, 2013 – 3:41 am | 1,776 views
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What Would You Say
If you were told you had five months left, who would you spend it with and what would you tell them?

The Nine Days: Suffering Leads to Growth

July 22, 2012 – 5:49 am | One Comment | 3,839 views
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Why Nine?
Life isn’t a coincidence. Everything has meaning, it’s all “Bashert” [providential]. In 350 BCE and again in 69 CE, during the days leading up to the destruction of the Temple, our ancestors suffered greatly. The Babylonian forces and later the Roman Legions ransacked Jerusalem and brutalized the inhabitants. Every …