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Is “too perfect” a thing? Have you ever worried about being too perfect? Most of us worry that we aren’t perfect enough. But I know of at least one person who worried about being too perfect. Our collective grandfather, Abraham.
The Torah tells us that Abraham recovered from his circumcision in …

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Ki Tavo: The Ice Bucket Challenge

September 8, 2014 – 9:41 pm | 1,994 views
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Timeline
An amazing thought struck me. When ice buckets started to rain down on North America, rockets stopped raining down on Israel. I was curious to see if this was true so I went on line to research it.

Pekudei: To Serve Him

February 23, 2014 – 4:17 am | 6,272 views
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Silver Coins
This essay is about silver coins because we will reference it twice in this week’s Torah reading.
The first reference is in the ordinary Torah reading where an accounting is given for the contributions made to the tabernacle. The Torah informs us precisely how much silver was raised and what …

Vayishlach: Donors and Recipents

November 10, 2013 – 2:35 am | 2,154 views
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I am Great
Thirty-six years after Esau vowed to murder his brother for stealing his blessings, Jacob and Esau met up. Expecting a violent engagement, Jacob sent a lavish peace offering in advance of the meeting, but when they finally met, Esau greeted him cordially and offered to return the gift. …

Ki Tavo: Selfishness

August 13, 2013 – 4:31 am | 4,358 views
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Most Unwelcoming City
According to the readers of the Conde Nast travel magazine, Newark, NJ, is the unfriendliest city in the world. This dubious distinction is hotly contested by Newark’s residents, who claim that the magazine’s readers have never set foot outside of Newark’s bustling airport to visit the city, but …

Vayera: Selfishness is Cruel

October 28, 2012 – 2:27 am | 4,879 views
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A Very Fine City
The population of Sodom and its environs was “wicked and sinful to G-d in the extreme.”[1]  Though the Biblical narrative is light on specifics, the Talmud is more forthcoming. The Talmud relates that they were wicked in body, a reference to sexual promiscuity, sinful with money, meaning …

Re’eh: Charity From The Heart

August 21, 2011 – 3:08 am | 4,408 views
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Unhappy Giving
I have a confession. I can’t stand being thanked for giving charity. I just hate it when the person to whom I gave a dollar smiles and heaps lifelong blessings upon me. I usually make a dismissive gesture, wait till they walk away, heave a small sigh of relief …

Mishpatim: Whom do You Serve?

January 23, 2011 – 10:17 pm | One Comment | 2,809 views
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One and Others
Have you ever noticed that the classic proclamation of Jewish faith, the call Hashem Echad – G-d is one, can be easily mispronounced as hashem Acher – another G-d? Rather than proclaiming our faith in a single – one and only – G-d we can inadvertently slide into …

Ree: Smiles on Loan

August 2, 2010 – 9:27 pm | 2,883 views
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A Running Servant
I have always wrestled with the following Talmudic teaching.
The Torah states, “If there will be among you a needy person, from one of your brothers in one of your cities, in your land that the Lord, your God, is giving you, you shall not harden your heart, …