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January 30, 2012 – 8:34 pm | 2,581 views

The Freedom App
Writing an essay has never been more difficult. In the past you could seclud yourself in a corner with pen and paper and let your mind flow. Now we sit at computers connected to the internet. The strain of concentration wears the brain and we are tempted constantly …

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Beshalach: Gift Wrap

January 20, 2013 – 3:52 am | 2,582 views
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Why Do You Gift Wrap?
Gift Wrapping is a common practice that transcends cultural and national lines. It is rare to receive a gift that isn’t wrapped; in fact the unwrapping is an entire ceremony with both giver and bystanders waiting with bated breath to take in the recipient’s joyful reaction. …

Why Doesn’t G-d Make Miracles Anymore?

May 7, 2012 – 1:48 am | 3,189 views
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A Holiday for Every Miracle
Almost every miracle in Jewish history has a holiday. It is an ingenious way of keeping history alive. Jewish children don’t need a history lesson to tell you when G-d gave the Ten Commandments or when our ancestors left Egypt. They don’t need to learn it, …

Beshalach: Prayer – The Interface Of Love

January 29, 2012 – 4:08 am | 2,373 views
Prayer The Interface Of Love

An Age Old Question
Prayer is the oddest phenomenon. Human beings plead with G-d, who already knows what they want, who already considered and rejected their request before they ever made it and who made this decision for the very best reasons. And yet we ask an unchanging G-d to reconsider …

Beshalach: The Circle of Faith

January 9, 2011 – 4:46 am | 2,814 views
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Panic In Times of Crises
They tell a story about a man, who was driving about, desperate to find a parking spot. With no spots available he called out, Dear G-d, give me a parking spot and will I pledge a thousand dollars to charity. Instantaneously a spot became available and …

Beshalach: For G-d and Country

January 24, 2010 – 4:04 am | 2,475 views
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The Complaint
They were stranded in a vast desert; miles from civilization. The meager provisions, brought along from Egypt, entirely depleted. There was nothing left; not a drop. If they failed to secure food today, their children would go hungry the next day. Under these conditions, why was asking for food …

Beshalach: Love of LIfe

February 1, 2009 – 2:30 am | 3,151 views
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Red Sea
An entire nation had narrowly escaped; the army of murderers, bearing down on them just a moment earlier, now drowning in the ocean. G-d had orchestrated a brilliant rescue. Jews stood huddled on the far shore watching their captors toss helplessly about on the surging waves of a plunging …

Beshalach: Food for Thought for your Dinner Table

January 13, 2008 – 4:42 am | 2,301 views
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Sunday: Oy Vey
“And it was when Pharaoh sent the nation.” The Hebrew word vayehi, “and it was” is, can be divided into two words. The last two letters spell G-d’s name and the first two letters spell the word Vey. In other words, G-d exclaimed, Oy Vey. Why would G-d express …

Beshalach: Beneath the Mighty Sea

January 3, 2007 – 8:38 pm | 2,659 views
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The Gardens
Seeking an escape from the fast pace of the big city, I used to visit the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens. Strolling along quiet lanes, I would breathe in the fragrance and enjoy the scenic beauty. Sitting peacefully by the pond, I would close my eyes and try to leave the city …