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A man once went to the butcher and saw two bins, one filled with fresh meat, the other, with pickled meat. The pickled meat smelled good and drew his attention. He bought five pounds of the it and returned the next day with terrible stomach pains. Why didn’t you …

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Vayakhel Pekudei: The Heart of a Relationship

March 11, 2012 – 3:36 am | 147 views
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The Ark
It was a building party. Hammers banging on anvils, saws cutting through wood, artisans weaving designs, all crafting, fashioning, designing and building a magnificent home for G-d. They set up the structure and spread out her covers. They readied the altars, show table and candelabra, but before those could …

Matot: The Joys of Ice-Cream

July 20, 2011 – 6:31 pm | 1,455 views
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Can You Have Your Cake And Eat It Too?
When we see a religious leader living the good life, fancy cars, extravagant expense accounts and private jets, we are naturally skeptical about their piety. When we think of the devout we conjure up images of the impoverished and downtrodden whose faith, …

Vayigash: O’ The Circuitous Trail Of Love

December 20, 2009 – 2:29 am | 1,203 views
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A Perplexing Concealment
Joseph was sold by his brothers into slavery. Unbeknownst to them the sale worked to his advantage when remarkable circumstances led to his appointment as viceroy of Egypt. Under Joseph’s guidance Egypt collected vast storehouses of foods and was well prepared when a terrible famine struck the region. …

Emor: Meaningful Choices

April 29, 2007 – 5:01 am | 886 views
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Temptation
“He was in love with a Jewish woman. She was as Jewish as he was, but there was a problem. She was a convert and he was a kohein, a member of the priestly family.” (1) When I gently informed him that Jewish law forbids the marriage between a kohein …

Tzav: Total Devotion

March 25, 2007 – 4:18 am | 694 views
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The Burned Offering
Our ancestors offered many kinds of sacrifices. Peace offerings, sin offerings, guilt offerings and also burned offerings. What is a burned offering? An offering that is burned in its entirety upon the altar.

Vayakhel/Pekudei: The Jewish Mother

March 11, 2007 – 2:51 am | 2 Comments | 932 views
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Forever
She was there at the very beginning and she is there for us still now. She was there at times of elation and was there in times of distress. She was there in times of hope and is still there in times of despair. She nurtured our faith under the …

Ki Tavo: Serving in A Selfish World

September 3, 2006 – 8:03 pm | 1,136 views
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Father and Son
After a long and agonizing separation, Jacob and Joseph were finally reunited at the ancient gates of Egypt. What did the loving father do at that moment? Did he embrace his son and release his pent-up tears? No, he recited the Shema, proclaiming his faith in G-d.

B’haalotcha: The Silent Flame

June 14, 2006 – 4:47 pm | 746 views
Flame from HEaven

Hardly any Splash at all
One of the criteria by which professional high divers are rated is their smooth water entrance and the resultant splash factor.