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We are all familiar with chai, the Hebrew word for life. Chai has a numeric value of eighteen, which is why it is common for Jews to donate to charity in multiples of eighteen. The Talmud tells us that charity saves us from premature death.[1] When we donate in multiples …

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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 |
good parenting - innerstream

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 |
talking to G-d - innerstream

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 |
light and dark intertwined - innerstream

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 |
divine providence - innerstream

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.

Vayeshev : Travel Begins and Ends At Home

November 24, 2004 – 1:04 pm |
travel begins and ends at home - innerstream

True Treasures are At Home
Listening to the car radio on my way home from a particularly long trip I heard an accomplished, world famous traveler declare that her most amazing travel experience was accomplished within the confines of her own home. She had observed the most exotic sights in the …

Vayishlach : Two Tracks

November 24, 2004 – 12:44 pm | 2 Comments | 
DanRiver

Shortly after landing my first job I approached my employer with a proposal. “You are a visionary but are not pragmatically grounded. I Lack your vision but have a pragmatic knack for detail. I propose that you determine the overall vision for our company and I will determine the detailed policy.” …