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G-d wants our love. How much love does He want? Whatever we are prepared to give, and then some.
“And you shall love G-d with all your heart, with all your life, and with all your might.”[1] This verse demands that we give G-d three kinds of love. The love of …

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Pinchas: A New Generation

July 20, 2019 – 11:23 pm | 186 views
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A new generation had emerged in the desert as Moses neared the end of his life. His siblings Miriam and Aharon had passed on. His nephew Elazar was now high priest and Elazar’s son, Pinchas, had joined the ranks of the priesthood. Shortly after Aharon’s passing, we notice signs of …

Noah: Spiritual Care

October 6, 2018 – 11:30 pm | 3 Comments | 605 views
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Our sages were critical of Noah because he did failed to provide spiritual care for the people of his generation. Noah was a righteous man and worthy of rescue from the flood, but never once did Noah plead with G-d, let alone demand from G-d, to spare the people of …

Shlach: Rewarding Excellence

June 25, 2016 – 11:08 pm | 1,270 views
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Right not Fair
When my son joined little league I was surprised that all teams, losing and winning, received trophies. I realize that no one wants to brand their team a loser, but if everyone is rewarded, effort and excellence are not incentivized. It is only by rewarding excellence that we …

Naso: The Trump Phenomenon

June 14, 2016 – 3:07 pm | One Comment | 1,080 views
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Why Trump?
America is in the grip of a serious Trump phenomenon. There are times when voters take leave of their senses and take fanciful flights to lands of folly. Logic and rationale are powerless against these movements. Certain notions take hold and you can argue till you are blue in …

Acharei Mot: For The People

May 2, 2016 – 10:08 am | 1,370 views
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A Sobering Moment
I remember my first “for the people,” moment. I was officiating at my first Bar Mitzvah as a rabbi. The sanctuary was filled to the brim and my aim was to impress. I offered a wonderful introduction to the Bar Mitzvah boy and a flowery reflection on his …

Ki Tisa: Humble Pride

February 26, 2013 – 3:39 am | 4,418 views
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The Perfume of Art
G-d instructed Moses on the art of making anointment oil with which Jewish kings and priests were anointed. The ingredients included spices of the finest sort: 500 shekel weights of pure Myrrh, half of it, 250 shekel weights, of fragrant cinnamon, 250 shekel weights of fragrant cane …

Pinchas: Jewish Popup Screens

July 8, 2012 – 9:33 pm | 1,664 views
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Pop Ups
Have you ever wondered why pop-up screens always offer gambling or lust opportunities and never Torah or Mitzvah opportunities? When was the last time you visited your favorite news site and got a Jewish pop-up screen offering you a chance to give charity? Did you ever check the weather …

Lech Lecha: In the Clouds or on the Ground

October 30, 2011 – 3:46 am | 1,617 views
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Two Paradigms
Who is truly the person of G-d? Is it the venerable sage who sits alone,head in the clouds, nose buried in ancient tomes or the fellow on the streets, who guides the perplexed and mentors seeking souls? Is it the scholar, whose mind is immersed in ancient wisdoms or …