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December 7, 2019 – 8:26 pm | 10 views

When Jacob returned to Israel after twenty-two years of being a minority in the city of Haran, where his uncle Laban lived, he said “I sojourned with Laban . . . and I acquired oxen and donkeys, flocks, manservants, and maidservants.[1]
Why did he announce that he had sojourned with Laban, …

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Shavuot: Ten Commandments of Parenting

June 1, 2019 – 10:55 pm | One Comment | 
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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.
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Bechukoti: Retroactive Sin

May 27, 2019 – 1:03 pm |
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Sin is a terrible thing. First, it tempts me, then it punishes me. Why does G-d play this elaborate game with me? Why does He allow me to sin, and then punish me for having sinned?
I am not asking why He permits me to choose. I know the answer to …

B’har: To Be Happy

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Emor: Making Space for G-d

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May 10, 2019 – 9:23 am |

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 …

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May 5, 2019 – 9:15 pm |
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April 29, 2019 – 9:37 am |
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April 13, 2019 – 10:58 pm |
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Have you ever noticed that we eat bland Matzah at the Seder table?
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