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Distance makes the heart grow fonder. Or at least that is what people say. Distance is also a nuisance in a relationship. While couples who live together, stay together, couples who live apart come apart. So, there is a benefit to each. When you see one another every day, you …

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Shmini : Foundation of the Law

March 29, 2005 – 11:46 pm | 2 Comments | 
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Inauguration
It was a festive day. After months of preparation and seven days of training the priestly family was anointed. They donned the sacred vestments and inaugurated the sacrificial rite. Aaron, the High Priest, climbed to the top of the altar and offered up a sacrifice whereupon G-d’s presence descended upon …

Purim : The Inebriated State

March 23, 2005 – 10:26 pm |
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Holiday Revelry
My earliest Purim memories are joyous. Festive gatherings and celebrations were held in the synagogues while jubilation and dancing dominated the streets. Young and old, rich and poor, celebrated side by
side; jovial, reveling and genuinely happy.

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Every Day is Mother’s Day

February 23, 2005 – 4:02 am | 3 Comments | 
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Every Day is Mother’s Day
Mother’s Day
When I was growing up my mother discouraged Mother’s Day gifts by saying, “in our home every day is mother’s day.” Until recently I didn’t understand her rationale. Why wouldn’t she accept a day of honor in addition to our year-round love?
Thanksgiving
In a similar vein …

Ki Tisa : A Golden Intermediary

February 20, 2005 – 9:47 pm |
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The Dilemma 
It was a tense moment. Moses had climbed mount Sinai and had promised to return in forty days. It was now the fortieth day and there was no sign of his return. The people had been skeptical about his survival on the mountain with no food or water …

Tetzaveh : The Sounds of Silence

February 10, 2005 – 8:29 am |
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The Meaning of Sound
What does sound mean to you? Sound plays many roles. It is a vehicle for communication, music, and even distraction, but at its root sound is the simple indicator of life.

Vayakhel : Inside Outside

February 1, 2005 – 6:57 pm |
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The Air Outside
Shortly after the Tzadik Reb Mendel of Horodok arrived in Israel a man climbed the Mount of Olives and sounded a Shofar. A rumor quickly spread that the Shofar’s call heralded the arrival of Moshiach. When word of this reached Reb Mendel, he threw the windows wide open …

Mishpatim : The Six Year Bondsman

February 1, 2005 – 11:37 am |
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Automatic Liberty?
Our Parsha teaches that a Jew may be sold into servitude for six years but on the first day of the seventh year the slave is automatically granted full liberty. (1) This law evokes images of a spontaneous transformation from princess to pumpkin at the stroke of midnight. …