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February 15, 2020 – 10:02 pm | 0 views

When you read the Torah portion that we chant in the synagogue this week, you wonder why G-d even cares. Does the Creator of heaven and earth have nothing better to do with His time than devise laws about the differences between liabilities carried by paid and unpaid custodians? Does …

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Chanukah: Spice Up Your Routine

December 21, 2019 – 11:16 pm | 157 views
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Routine can be boring. You do it every day and you grow tired of it. We are always looking for something new and exciting. Something to pique our interest and engage our curiosity. Routine doesn’t do the trick. We need something novel, something unusual, something unexpected. The problem with new …

Simchat Torah: No Break

October 20, 2019 – 12:31 pm | 279 views
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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 …

Sukkot: From the Fast to the Party

October 6, 2019 – 12:12 am | 256 views
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The party begins on Sukkot. The first ten days of the year are somber. Rosh Hashanah is the day of judgement, then next week are the days of repentance, and Yom Kippur is the fast. After the fast, our festivals take a radical turn and we move from the fast …

Shabbat Shuvah: The Uplifting Return

October 3, 2019 – 10:41 am | 186 views
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The uplifting return that marks the first ten days of the Hebrew calendar year is expressed in the name that tradition has assigned to this Shabbat: Shabbat Shuvah, the Shabbat of return. In English, when we speak of regret and of turning over a new leaf, we call it repentance. …

Rosh Hashanah: Without A Crutch

September 22, 2019 – 2:11 pm | 222 views
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A crutch can help you get past a difficult hump, but a crutch can also be a trap. When the time comes to discard the crutch, the crutch becomes a trap if you lack the courage to go without it. Athletes famously hold on to crutches. Wade Boggs was a …

Shavuot: Ten Commandments of Parenting

June 1, 2019 – 10:55 pm | One Comment | 2,419 views
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The ten commandments of parenting is an appropriate topic to discuss in the days leading up to Shavuot, the day we received the Ten Commandments.
On several occasions the Torah casts us as G-d’s children and G-d as our parent. It therefore stands to reason that by studying the Ten Commandments, …

Emor: Making Space for G-d

May 11, 2019 – 10:45 pm | 549 views
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Making space for G-d is the name of the game during the season of the Omer. There are forty-nine days between Passover and Shavuot, and we enjoy and savor them all. We count each day as if it were a precious jewel as we prepare for the festival of Shavuot. …

Yom Hazikaron: We Remember

May 10, 2019 – 9:23 am | 317 views

Sweeping vista
Lifeless plane
Victory hollow
Heart of pain
 
Land mass strewn
friend and foe
Lie forever
Battle throe
 
Sand storm rising
Sinai beckons
A soul asunder
Wanders, reckons
 
Patience try
Today on high
Was it worth it
An anguished sigh
 
A rising wave
A tidal crest
We won the war
We lost our best
 
Victory sweet
A price so steep
Oh please dear G-d
My brother keep
 
Sinai captured
Fires cease
Dead, secure
A lasting peace
 
Will …