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Terumah: Shalom Aleichem
Shalom Aleichem; peace unto you, is the classic Jewish greeting. It is beautiful, meaningful, and succinct. The classic response, however, is curious. Rather than responding with Shalom Aleichem, we reverse the greeting and say Aleichem SHalom, unto you peace.
Now, Jews like to be contrarian. Next time you are …

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Tzav: From the Bottom Up

March 17, 2013 – 6:36 am | 2,251 views
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The Mirror
Before the priests entered the Temple they performed ablutions at the Laver.[1] We too perform ablutions before prayer though it is not at a special laver; it is at the regular sink. The idea behind washing our hands is to wash away the negative emotions that cloud our minds …

Bo: The Curse of Wealth

January 10, 2013 – 1:48 pm | 2,371 views
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Too Rich To Care
The curse of wealth is well documented. People win the lottery, find themselves with more money than they know what to do with and before long are besieged by friends who want a handout, strangers who encourage foolish investments and con artists who seek to clean them …

Vayechi: The Crybaby Generation

December 25, 2012 – 11:00 pm | 3,018 views
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The Natives
In our quest to put an end to bullying we introduced laws that ban abuse and enforce punishment for bullying behavior.  But as is often the case, when we nip and tuck in one area, we cause unintended consequences in another. In this case I feel that we are …

B’har: Going on Holiday

May 10, 2012 – 2:31 pm | 6,259 views
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Sabbatical
I love the Sabbath, I really do. It’s a twenty-four hour break from monotony. The tedium of routine that constitutes our week can wear us down. The Sabbath is like going on holiday. It rides in on Friday evening, like a knight in shining armor, to save us from ourselves.

Noach: Selfish as a Raven

October 26, 2011 – 8:10 pm | 1,945 views
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Is it Craven?
In contrast to Edgar Allen Poe, who suggested in his famous poem, The Raven, that though its crest is shorn and shaven, the raven isn’t craven, the Talmudic sages were not so kindly disposed.

Korach: Look, I’m Humble

June 19, 2011 – 4:01 am | 1,571 views
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Now Really!
After the passing of Rabbi Yehudah, the third century sage who edited the Mishnah, his colleagues proclaimed that the age of humility had come to an end. Several centuries later the Babylonian sage Rabbi Yosef offered a correction. Don’t say humility has died, he asserted, because there is I. …

Shlach: What I Learned From A Tree

June 12, 2011 – 4:46 am | 1,877 views
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The Holy Tree
Oh, the tales trees could tell if only trees could tell tales.There is a large tree in my backyard under whose branches many little dramas have played out. Many a toddler has crawled under its branches, many a back has leaned against its trunk, over the years the …

Vayikra: When Small Is Great

March 6, 2011 – 2:27 am | 2,033 views
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The Humble Moses
The book of Leviticus begins with the sweeping majesty of Moses’ first entry into the tabernacle. “Vayikra,” G-d called unto Moses and invited him to the Tent of Meeting. Uplifting and inspiring as the moment was, Moses, understood that small is great, received his honor in abject humility. In …