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Jacob went to bed on a mountain and placed his head on twelve stones. In the morning, when he awoke, the twelve stones had fused into one. Our sages taught that during the night the angels in charge of these stones began to argue because each wanted to serve as …

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Vaeirah: The Prophetic Experience

January 3, 2005 – 9:38 pm |
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Puzzles and Prophecies
Every once in a while my children ask me to help them with one of the many puzzles in the cupboard. The usual routine has us sit down on the floor where I examine the shape, color and picture fragment of a puzzle piece to determine where it …

Shemot : Heaven And Earth

December 26, 2004 – 11:15 am |
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There was a steep mountain pass just outside Premishlan that was impassable during the winter because of its treacherous icy conditions. The Chassidic master, Rabbi Meir of Premishlan, would navigate this pass on a regular basis. When asked for his secret he answered simply, “One who is bound to the …

Oral Tradition : Part One

December 23, 2004 – 10:34 am |

In the first part of this lecture series we established that G-d must
have given Moshe an oral tradition in tandem with the written text.
This begs a number of questions: What is the oral tradition? If it
comes from G-d why do our rabbis disagree on so many issues?
In the third part …

Oral Tradition : Part Two

December 22, 2004 – 10:38 am |

The Oral tradition was taught to Moshe Rabeinu on Mt. Sinai this is indicated by a number of versus.
Reading #1

“Come
up to me on the mountain and I will give you the stone tablets and the
Torah  Commandments, “Torah” refers to the written Torah,
“Mitzvah” refers to the oral tradition, “that I have …

Vayechi : Where Did the Disconnect Occur?

December 20, 2004 – 4:57 pm |
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Growing Into Our Own
His parents want him to apply for business school but he is committed to music.  Throughout college he is subjected to veiled comments and nuanced complaints but the young man holds firm. Four years later he graduates with honors and his parents attend the commencement ceremony. They …

Vayigash : Talking to G-d

December 16, 2004 – 10:10 pm |
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I was driving on the New York State Thruway late one afternoon and parked on the shoulder to recite the Mincha prayer. I closed my eyes and tried to tune out the sounds of passing cars when a police cruiser pulled up behind me and asked over his loudspeaker if …

Bo : Light and Dark Intertwined

December 16, 2004 – 4:02 pm |
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The Ninth Plague
The plague of darkness was such that “no person could see his brother, nor could any person rise from his place for three days. (However) the children of Israel had light in all their homes.” (1)

Miketz : Divine Providence

December 10, 2004 – 6:29 pm |
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The Jewish quarter in the northern Israeli City, Tzefas, was subjected to a five-month siege during the 1947 war for independence. When the siege lifted venerated rabbis in the community, renown for their piety and sharp wit, had this to say.