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July 23, 2017 – 12:18 am | 9 views

A Holiday
Joseph Stalin reputedly visited a Jewish inmate in prison who was rumored to foresee the future. Can you tell me, asked Stalin, when I will die? Well, replied the Jew, I can’t tell you the exact date, but I can tell you that will die on a Jewish holiday. …

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Pinchas: From Tragedy to Joy

July 24, 2016 – 10:54 pm | 298 views
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More Tragedy
As the summer months arrived, we learned of more black lives killed by police shootings. After the rash of police shootings last summer and the resultant furor, we would have expected the police to introduce responsible measures to reduce tragedy, but whatever measures were taken, were simply not enough. …

Passover: You Are Unique

April 13, 2014 – 9:28 pm | 4,333 views
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You Are One
Ezekiel famously said, “Echad Hayah Avraham,” Abraham was one.[1] Ezekiel was speaking to the fact that Abraham was promised the land of Israel on his own merit because he stood utterly and completely alone in defiance of contemporary culture. Abraham was willing to be unique.

Vayikra: Self Esteem

March 2, 2014 – 4:29 am | 632 views
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I Am A Failure
I recently met someone who complained of a failing self-esteem. I can’t find a job, I can’t make ends meet and I’m constantly worried about money. How can I look my children in the eyes, if I’m sure they have lost respect for me? I am a …

The Festival and Shabbat

September 25, 2013 – 4:05 am | 4,233 views
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Sanctity and Joy
When a Jewish festival falls on Friday, it merges directly  into Shabbat. This gives us pause as we reflect on the differences between the festival and Shabbat.

Simchat Torah: On Foot

October 5, 2012 – 8:55 pm | 834 views
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The Odd Celebration
Simchat Torah is a festive holiday. We carry the Torah scroll around the Bimah (Torah reading table) and dance the night away. The reason for this great joy is the completion of our annual cycle of Torah reading.[1] Every Shabbat we chant a portion from the Torah and …

Rosh Hashanah: Making A Tzimmes of Tzimmes

September 25, 2011 – 3:24 am | 2,151 views
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Head or Hair?
Rosh Hashanah is not just the first day of the year, it is the head of the year.  A head serves two purposes: It is a platform for hair, as in a beautiful head of hair, and a housing apparatus for the brain.
The head is the seat of …

Chanukah: Lights of Joy and Inspiration

December 13, 2009 – 4:26 am | 920 views
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The Night And The Light
As dusk gathers and darkness approaches, night falls and gloom encroaches,
we seek inspiration anew. What is a person to do?
The answer is simple at this time of year, light a candle and banish the fear.

Vayetze: Our Purpose

December 9, 2008 – 5:16 pm | 569 views
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Look A Kippah
When I was growing up in Boston, Massachusetts, few Jews wore their Kippot (head coverings) outdoors. Seeing a man wearing a Kippa on the street always generated excitement: my siblings and I would point in awe and exclaim, “Look, there is a Jew.” We felt an immediate kinship …