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February 16, 2019 – 9:46 pm | 10 views

Use your head is an idiom that means think things through carefully. Don’t just jump on the bandwagon. Use your head. Think about it, figure out the ramifications and avoid making a mistake.
The Torah says, “When you list the heads of the children of Israel according to their numbers.”[1] What …

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Shlach: Gradual Growth

June 25, 2016 – 11:13 pm |
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The Struggle
In Canada and the US, this is the season of liberty as both celebrate Independence Day this week. Canada won its independence peacefully, but for the US it was a long struggle, one that proved beyond doubt that all growth is gradual.
The Colonists’ principle complaint against Great Britain was …

Shlach: Rewarding Excellence

June 25, 2016 – 11:08 pm |
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Right not Fair
When my son joined little league I was surprised that all teams, losing and winning, received trophies. I realize that no one wants to brand their team a loser, but if everyone is rewarded, effort and excellence are not incentivized. It is only by rewarding excellence that we …

B’ha’alotcha: Just Because

June 20, 2016 – 2:40 pm |
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My Favorite Card
The flower shop sells all kinds of cards. Congratulations, sympathy, bereavement etc. My favorite is the, “Just Because” card. You can say it with flowers for all kinds of reasons. Because your wife did or said something special. Because your wife gave birth. Because your wife turned forty. …

Behaalotcha: The Miracle of Marriage

June 14, 2016 – 3:17 pm |
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Sibling Rivalry
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Naso: The Trump Phenomenon

June 14, 2016 – 3:07 pm |
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Why Trump?
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Bamidbar Give and Take

June 5, 2016 – 1:03 am |
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Give and Take in Life
When my great aunt was a little girl she lived in a large apartment. Times were difficult, many of her family’s friends were homeless and she was routinely asked to give up her bed for someone in need. One day she complained to her father about …

Shavuot: A Four Step Program

June 5, 2016 – 1:01 am |
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In preparation for Shavuot, we present Judaism’s four step program. Everything that G-d created can be used for constructive or destructive purpose. It can be unifying or divisive.
Take walls for example. Are walls good or bad? Ronald Regan became world famous when he challenged Mr. Gorbachev to take down a …

Bechukotai: Labor over Torah

May 28, 2016 – 11:32 pm |
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True Labor
The first Mitzvah that the Almighty singles out for reward in our Parsha is that of Torah study.[1] But we aren’t rewarded for the mere study of Torah. We are rewarded for laboring over the Torah. It has been pointed out that this is the only instance where labor …