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When Jacob returned to Israel after twenty-two years of being a minority in the city of Haran, where his uncle Laban lived, he said “I sojourned with Laban . . . and I acquired oxen and donkeys, flocks, manservants, and maidservants.[1]
Why did he announce that he had sojourned with Laban, …

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Tazria Mezora: Judging from Past Behavior

April 15, 2018 – 12:09 am | 1,193 views
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Past behavior is often a harbinger of the future, but to judge fairly we must consider the very latest episode of the past behavior. I was once at a wedding, where the groom’s elderly venerated teacher danced with vigor and joy, and his many students, their eyes sparkling with admiration …

Shlach: Gradual Growth

June 25, 2016 – 11:13 pm | 1,444 views
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The Struggle
In Canada and the US, this is the season of liberty as both celebrate Independence Day this week. Canada won its independence peacefully, but for the US it was a long struggle, one that proved beyond doubt that all growth is gradual.
The Colonists’ principle complaint against Great Britain was …

Rosh Hashanah: L’chaim – To Life

September 9, 2012 – 2:52 am | 7,194 views
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Annual Allotments
On Rosh Hashanah, the anniversary of the world’s creation or more specifically the creation of humanity, the creator sits in judgment of the world He created. Every year He judges anew, are we worthy of another year? Does His little project, the one we call the universe, deserve a …

Shoftim: Seeing Another’s Shame

July 31, 2012 – 10:44 pm | 1,656 views
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Two Witnesses
Torah law requires two witnesses to establish the truth of a crime. No sin is punishable on the testimony of a single witness, who can misinterpret what he saw and cause the sinner to be punished unjustly. The testimony of two witnesses can be corroborated by testing them against …

Rosh Hashanah: Making A Tzimmes of Tzimmes

September 25, 2011 – 3:24 am | 4,246 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 …

Vayera: The Importance of Objectivity

October 20, 2010 – 5:51 pm | 1,472 views
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What Really Happened?
Back in the early part of this decade when the war of terror was in full swing I would frequently ask visitors from Israel if the situation was as bad as the media made it sound. They were never surprised by my questions; they knew that as a …

Nitzavim: We Cannot Lose

August 29, 2010 – 2:55 am | 1,408 views
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The Day
The Torah portion chanted on the Shabbat before Rosh Hashanah opens with, “Atem Nitzavim Hayom Kulchem Lifnei Hashem Elokeichem,” you stand [firmly] all together today, before G-d your lord. (1)