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Eikev: Unsatisfied?

July 30, 2006 – 4:07 am | 1,920 views
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Manna
“And he afflicted you, he made you hunger and he fed you the Manna” (Deuteronomy 8:3) To describe the Manna experience as one of hunger and affliction seems a bit curious, what did the Torah have in mind?

B’Ha’alotcha: Personal Freedom

June 5, 2006 – 2:12 am | 2,395 views
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A Meaningless Holiday?
In this week’s Parsha we read that several people, unable to participate in the offering of the Pascal lamb, approached Moses a asked for a second chance. Mosesconsulted with G-d thus the 14’th of “Iyar” was consecrated as  “Pesach Sheini,” a second Passover.

Emor: Demonstrating Confidence

May 11, 2006 – 3:45 pm | 2,156 views
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Fortuitous Beginnings
Our Parsha begins with the many restrictions placed upon Kohanim, the priestly class.

They are forbidden, with rare exceptions, to attend funerals lest they become ritually impure. They are restricted in whom they may marry. They are forbidden to shave or to mutilate themselves. This is because they have an …

Emor: Room for Growth

April 30, 2006 – 5:37 pm | 1,943 views
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The Grizzled Lamb
“A bull, sheep or goat, that is born to you, shall remain under its mother for seven days. From the eighth day onward it is acceptable as an offering to G-d.” Why does the Torah refer to the newborn animals by their mature names instead of the usual …

Acharei Mot K’doshim: A Lifetime of Forward Steps

April 23, 2006 – 10:02 am | 1,716 views
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Be Holy
Our Parsha exhorts us to be holy and the reason given is “For I (Hashem) am holy”. The Midrash adds that though we are encouraged to reach for Hashem’s holiness, it will always remain beyond us. What did the Midrash seek to accomplish by this statement? Try to reach …

Vayechi: Inspiring our Children

January 2, 2006 – 11:20 pm | 2,262 views
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And He Lived
This week’s Parsha describes Jacob’s passing and the events that transpired immediately before and after. Ironically, the Parsha’s name is Vayechi, which means and he lived. Is preparation for death aptly described as living? As we shall soon see, it depends on the kind of life one has …

Pekudei: Was Iraq Freed?

November 4, 2005 – 2:13 am | 2,111 views
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This essay was written in 2005, when the US led effort to bring democracy to Iraq was still in its infancy.
Democracy in Iraq
The international media has subjected the US-led coalition that liberated Iraq and established a democratic government, to intense scrutiny and even criticism.

Vayechi : Where Did the Disconnect Occur?

December 20, 2004 – 4:57 pm | 1,896 views
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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 …