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Matot Masei: Purposeful Living

July 8, 2007 – 4:44 am | 6,351 views

The purpose of wealth is power, the purpose of power is freedom and the purpose of freedom is what?  There must be  more to life than just this. But if there is, what is it?

Shemini: Freedom to Eat

April 11, 2007 – 7:31 pm | 15,137 views
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The Buffet Dilemma
You are standing in front of a heaping buffet bursting with mouth watering delicacies. Your appetite is stimulated and your juices are flowing. The host grants you the freedom to indulge to your heart’s delight.

Shoftim: Dying for Life

August 20, 2006 – 2:03 am | 2 Comments | 2,798 views
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A Horrible Dilemma
A little boy steps into the path of an oncoming train. The child can be rescued, but the rescuer would likely forfeit his life. How do the parents decide who should die to save the child and should should live to raise him?

Devarim: Torah in Chinese

July 23, 2006 – 4:58 am | 5,557 views
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Translating Torah
Thirty – seven days before his passing Moses set out to teach the Torah. You might think that Moses would use his remaining weeks to teach hitherto unrevealed mysteries, but he did no such thing. Instead he translated the Torah into seventy languages. (1)

B’Ha’alotcha: The Grand Design

June 11, 2006 – 11:56 am | 5,341 views
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A Missed Flight
Several days after my son’s circumcision, my wife and I went to visit the Mohel (Rabbi who performs circumcisions), who told us a remarkable tale of divine providence. He was once asked to perform a ritual circumcision in Lake Taho, to which he was required to travel …

Vaeirah: Proud to be Chosen

January 22, 2006 – 4:33 am | 2,198 views
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Hiding our Culture
There was a time when nations readily acknowledged that the Jews were chosen. There was a time when we openly acknowledged that we were chosen. There was a time when no Jew was ashamed of being chosen. Today’s world is a little different. Jews long to fit in …

Toldot: Do Jews Dig Wells?

December 4, 2005 – 2:54 am | 2,082 views
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The Thrill of Discovery
Did you know that our patriarchs were devoted well diggers? Imagine digging for hours or even days on end, with no visible success. You dig thirty meters and find only soil and rock. You wonder about your prospects. You wonder if your efforts are in vain. (1) 

Vayelech : Why We are Here

October 6, 2005 – 5:51 pm | 2,026 views
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A Perfect G-d
The High Holiday liturgy marks Rosh Hashanah as the anniversary of creation, a good time to ponder the meaning of creation and of life. (1) Was there a purpose? Does this purpose endow our life with meaning?