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Vayera: When Weakness Becomes Obsession

November 7, 2011 – 3:17 am | 2,553 views
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Abraham and the Philistines
When Abraham and Sarah visited the Philistines they neglected to mention that they were married. Abimelech, the Philistine king, soon requisition Sarah for his harem, but G-d appeared in Abimelech’s dream to warn him that Sarah was a married woman.

Masei: The Journey of Life

July 22, 2011 – 5:45 pm | 2,423 views
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It’s What We Bring Home That Counts
Life is a journey with stations along the way, some more comfortable than others. It is when we settle in to the comfort of those stations that we often forget we are in mid journey.

Matot: The Joys of Ice-Cream

July 20, 2011 – 6:31 pm | 3,310 views
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Can You Have Your Cake And Eat It Too?
When we see a religious leader living the good life, fancy cars, extravagant expense accounts and private jets, we are naturally skeptical about their piety. When we think of the devout we conjure up images of the impoverished and downtrodden whose faith, …

Vaetchanan: Where is G-d

July 18, 2010 – 3:28 am | 2,211 views
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In Close Proximity
Where are you closer to G-d, on a serene mountain top surrounded by the beauty of nature or on a loud, dirty street corner in the middle of an inner city? It is true that you might feel closer to G-d on the mountaintop, but this essay will …

Shavuot: A Bailout Package

May 24, 2009 – 4:40 am | 2,549 views
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This essay was published in 2009,but its message is still relevant.
Economic Recovery?
“The economy is showing flickering signs of recovery.” Such was the news hesitantly delivered by Ben Bernanki, Chairman of the US Federal Reserve. Indeed, retail sales rose slightly in April. Auto and home sales are up again and major …

Ki Tisa: Grappling with Evil

March 8, 2009 – 3:10 am | 2 Comments | 2,279 views
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Durban II
The United States has announced that it will not attend the United Nation’s second conference on Anti Racism dubbed Durban II. You might recall that the United States and Israel walked out of the first Anti Racism conference in 2001 when it turned into an evil hate fest of …

Vayetze: Our Purpose

December 9, 2008 – 5:16 pm | 2,197 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 …

Ki Tavo: Making it Relevant

August 29, 2007 – 10:10 pm | 2,009 views
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Returning to Earth
Does a falling tree produce a sound if no one is around to hear it? Jewish philosophers never respond to such questions with a simple yes or no. Instead we reply, in perfect Talmudic cadence, if a tree falls and no one is around to hear it, does …