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G-d is in control, is a mantra I have long lived with, but it came into sharp relief in the recent past. Last week, my family and I emerged from quarantine. Everyone in our household tested positive for COVID and thank G-d, we all recovered. We are most grateful for …

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Re’eh: The Sacred Barbecue

August 5, 2007 – 3:42 am | 2,631 views
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The Barbecue
Its a lazy summer afternoon. Warm sunshine bathes the yard, birds perch atop the trees and a gentle breeze caresses its limbs. Sounds of playing children and chatting adults waft up through the yard and, on the patio, an aroma of sizzling steak rises from the barbecue.

Yitro: Piercing the Veil of Earth

January 21, 2007 – 4:58 am | 1,489 views
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The Debate
When Moses climbed Mount Sinai to receive the Torah the angels objected. “G-d,” they declared, “Do you intend to squander this precious commodity on mankind? (1)

Vayeshev: Miracle of Survival

November 26, 2006 – 2:49 am | 1,594 views
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Why?
We Jews have survived the longest and most turbulent exile in history. What inner strength enables our survival? Rejected by host nations, expelled from our homes and reviled by much of society, why haven’t we succumbed?

Ekev: Sacred Stones

August 6, 2006 – 3:52 am | 1,499 views
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Failed Resolutions
Have you ever made a resolution you didn’t keep?Have you ever resolved to go to bed early only to wake up with a headache because you didn’t put that book down? Have you ever resolved not to take a second helping, but walked away engorged because your portions were …

Vayikra: Every Jew is Crucial

March 2, 2006 – 2:37 am | 1,450 views
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Why?
“Rabbi,” he said to me, “Why is it that in some Jewish circles I am seen as a lesser Jew? I was born to a Jewish mother, but I don’t practice very much. Am I any less Jewish than other Jews?”

Tetzaveh Purim: The Connection

February 27, 2006 – 3:11 am | 1,586 views
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The Jew and the Olive
The first verse of our Parsha reads, “And you (Moshe) shall instruct the children of Israel and they shall take olive oil to you.” Why must we take our olive oil to Moshe?

Vayeshev: Countering the Voice of Temptation

November 24, 2005 – 5:39 am | 2,146 views
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The Magic Potion
“Rabbi, what can I do to silence my inner voice,” asked the man. When the rabbi replied that this voice might never be silenced, the man exclaimed, “But it’s driving me crazy. Is there any advice that can help me overcome it?”

Niztavim: The Art of Repentance

October 6, 2005 – 3:21 pm | 1,914 views
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A Simple MeditationRabbi Levik of Bardichev once interviewed a long list of candidates for the position of Shofar blower. (One who sounds the ram’s horn during the service on Rosh Hashana.) The rabbi passed over many illustrious scholars and profound meditators in favor of a fairly unsophisticated young man.