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July 23, 2017 – 12:18 am | 14 views

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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Devarim: A Healthy Waste

July 23, 2017 – 12:18 am | 14 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 | 15 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 | 488 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 | 2,347 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 | 862 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 | 2,981 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 …

Devarim: Do You Love G-d or Youeself?

July 31, 2011 – 3:37 am | 800 views
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What have We Learned?
It is nearly two-thousand years since the Holy Temple stood as a glorious testament to G-d on the Temple Mount. It was ransacked and razed by a marauding mob that cared little for the nuanced relationship between the human and G-d. As the Temple smoldered in the …

Devarim: Heartfelt Thought

July 11, 2010 – 4:17 am | 1,559 views
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An Amazing Feat
It was on the first day of the month of Shevat, five weeks before his passing, that Moses sat down to teach the Torah. He had been teaching for nearly forty years; ever since descending Mt. Sinai Moses had done little, but teach. Still  he began a full …