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Although hunting is not as common as it used to be, it remains a popular sport around the world. This essay explores why hunting has never been considered a Jewish sport.
Hunting
A Jew once asked Rabbi Yechezkel Landau, the 18th century chief rabbi of Cracow, whether hunting is permissible. Rabbi Landau …

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Ki Tisa: Make Light

March 16, 2017 – 9:59 am | 239 views
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Shabbat Candles
Don’t make light of Shabbat. Make light for Shabbat.
A child came home from a Hebrew lesson and told her parents that she wanted to make light for Shabbat by lighting candles. The parents agreed to satisfy her whim and lit candles as the sun set on Friday. As they …

Bamidbar: Positive Thought

May 18, 2014 – 3:38 am | 620 views
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Is Optimism Naive?
Are you confident about the future? There are those who are frustratingly optimistic. No matter what the present, their faith in mankind, destiny and G-d’s basic commitment to goodness is unshakable. Others are more jaded. They look at the current state of affairs and take a dismal view …

Canukah: Despite the Odds

November 21, 2013 – 6:50 pm | 7,182 views
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The Source of Light
In the course of life there are times of joy and of melancholy. When we are surrounded by friends and a constructive support network, when we are successful at home and at work, when we are satisfied with personal progress and development it is easy to coast …

Vayera: A Nation of Twinkling Stars

November 2, 2008 – 1:51 am | 1,168 views
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Flickering Flames
The first snow of the winter is always a delight, but not when it arrives in October.

Noach: Seeds of Light

October 28, 2008 – 3:44 am | 756 views
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Oy – A Tzoro
Have you ever been “oif tzoros?” It’s a prominent Yiddish aphorism that means “in trouble.” If your mother gave you shopping money and you lost it in a bad bet then you are “oif tzoros.” If your wife caught you drinking with friends while you claimed to …

B’haalotcha: The Silent Flame

June 14, 2006 – 4:47 pm | 782 views
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Hardly any Splash at all
One of the criteria by which professional high divers are rated is their smooth water entrance and the resultant splash factor.

Chanukah: You Can Make A Difference

December 25, 2005 – 2:38 am | 893 views
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Dedication
Chanukah is a holiday that means many things to many people. To some its potato latkes (pancakes) and dreidels; to others its candles and lights. But, in truth, the word Chanukah simply means dedication.

A Modern Chanukah Story

December 25, 2005 – 2:36 am | 741 views
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During the course of this week Jews around the world celebrate the holiday of Chanukah. Chanukah means so many things to so many people. To some it is a spiritual opportunity for reflection and introspection; to reflect upon the historical origin of the holiday and its relevance to modern day …