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Although hunting is not as common as it used to be, it remains a popular sport around the world. This essay explores why hunting has never been considered a Jewish sport.
Hunting
A Jew once asked Rabbi Yechezkel Landau, the 18th century chief rabbi of Cracow, whether hunting is permissible. Rabbi Landau …

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Yitro: Taking Notice

February 12, 2017 – 12:10 am | 295 views
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Do You Notice?
You know the fellow, who regularly collects the prayer books at your synagogue? The one who quietly circulates around the room and carries armloads of books back to the shelf? I am sure you thanked him the first and second time that he took your book, but do …

Yitro: An Unpleasant Truth

January 24, 2016 – 6:03 pm | 571 views
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Unpleasant
What is the difference between Torah truth and scientific truth? By science I mean every branch of human knowledge that isn’t Torah. One is pleasant the other is unpleasant.
The answer is best presented with a joke I’m sure you’ve heard. It’s about the Jew who was caught reading a Nazi …

Yisro: Prophecy and Torah

January 14, 2014 – 4:58 pm | 653 views
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The Prophetic Chain
Do you believe in prophecy? G-d is infinite, we are infinitesimal. Does He really deign to talk us?
This was the big question that Jews faced when they approached Mount Sinai. They knew Moses was a man of G-d and believed that G-d listened to him, but they were …

Yitro: Original Thought

January 27, 2013 – 1:24 am | 931 views
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How Dare We?
Jewish tradition and history assigned names to all Torah portions. The portion that describes the delivery of the Ten Commandments at Sinai is named after Moses’ father in law, Jethro.  Based on the belief that everything, including a choice of name, occurs for a reason, we wish to …

Yitro: The Freedom App

January 30, 2012 – 8:34 pm | 936 views
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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 …

Yitro – When Student Becomes Teacher

January 18, 2011 – 2:58 pm | 1,491 views
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Teaching and Giving
Did you know that Jews knew and studied the Torah well before G-d gave it at Sinai? The Torah was taught to Adam, who taught it to Seth who passed it to his children till it reached Abraham, who taught it to the Jews. (1) This begs the …

Yitro: The Vanishing Letters

February 1, 2010 – 2:29 am | 743 views
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Four Reviews
Our sages taught before appearing at Sinai, G-d reviewed the Ten Commandments four times. (1) What is the significance of these four reviews and what can we learn from this in terms of the vanishing letters??

Yitro: Food for Thought for Your Dinner Table

January 21, 2008 – 1:40 am | 864 views
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 Sunday: The Proof is in the Action
This Torah portion begins with the words, “And Jethro heard.” Our sages asked what did he hear that made him come? He heard of the miracle at the Reed Sea and of the Manna. When he heard about these miracles he felt compelled to …