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Is “too perfect” a thing? Have you ever worried about being too perfect? Most of us worry that we aren’t perfect enough. But I know of at least one person who worried about being too perfect. Our collective grandfather, Abraham.
The Torah tells us that Abraham recovered from his circumcision in …

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Vayakhel Pekudei: The Heart of a Relationship

March 11, 2012 – 3:36 am | 147 views
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The Ark
It was a building party. Hammers banging on anvils, saws cutting through wood, artisans weaving designs, all crafting, fashioning, designing and building a magnificent home for G-d. They set up the structure and spread out her covers. They readied the altars, show table and candelabra, but before those could …

Vayakhel Pekudei: The Bottom Line

February 27, 2011 – 2:46 am | 1,878 views
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The Generous Economizer
When you see a miser spending money in generous amounts you can assume that something out of the ordinary is afoot. It might be a simcha, such as an upcoming wedding, perhaps a tragedy or an illness. Whatever it is, you would certainly assume an exception before assuming …

Vayakhel: The Jewish Woman

February 21, 2011 – 9:14 pm | 1,872 views
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The Jewish Woman
Did you know that women were the first to contribute to the building of the tabernacle? Did you know that not a single woman worshiped the golden calf? Did you know that Jewish women did not believe the negative report, brought by the spies, about the land of …

Vayakhel Pekudei: Ritual With Passion

March 7, 2010 – 12:50 am | 1,923 views
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The Conundrum
I have a friend, a brilliant intellectual, who does not suffer fools lightly. From time to time I invite him to Synagogue and he reminds me that he does not have much tolerance for those who make too much of ritual and pay little heed to its underlying philosophy.

Vayakhel Pekudei: Unity in giving

March 16, 2009 – 2:18 pm | 1,781 views
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Greed and Generosity
In Fiddler On The Roof, a film filled with memorable moments, the scene of Perchick’s proclamation, “Money is the world’s curse” and Tevye’s defiant reply, “May the Lord smite me with it,” stands out as prominent. Indeed, money is the source of humanity’s greatest friction. Most marital disputes …

Vayakhel: Food for Thought for your Dinner Table

February 24, 2008 – 4:46 am | 1,794 views
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Sunday: Oral Tradition
Moses gathered the nation and said, “These are the things which G-d has commanded . . Shabbat should be a day of rest. . . you shall kindle no fire.” A moment later, Moses said, “This is the thing that G-d has commanded,” and proceeded to instruct them …

Vayakhel/Pekudei: The Jewish Mother

March 11, 2007 – 2:51 am | 2 Comments | 2,945 views
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Forever
She was there at the very beginning and she is there for us still now. She was there at times of elation and was there in times of distress. She was there in times of hope and is still there in times of despair. She nurtured our faith under the …

Vayakhel: Imperfect Devotion

March 19, 2006 – 3:36 am | 2,445 views
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Last in Line
Have you ever attended a Bar Mitzvah where dinner was served buffet style? I really dislike those dinners and here is why. When the buffet is set out I examine the mouth-watering display and a battle rages within me about which treats I can afford to eat. By …