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Balak: Stolen Waters

June 19, 2021 – 11:26 pm | 20 views

King Solomon famously wrote, “Stolen waters are sweeter.”[1] By this, he meant that the moment something is forbidden to us, we lust after it. Not because we like it or enjoy it, but because we can’t have it. It is a quirk of human nature to be titillated by the …

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Chukat: An Available Tool

June 13, 2021 – 11:22 am |
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This week we read the Torah portion that delineates the laws of the Red Heifer. Jews who contacted a dead body were deemed ritually impure. The process of purification was lengthy, but one of the steps was for the impure person to be sprinkled with a mixture of water and ashes from a red heifer.[1]

Maimonides teaches the community was obligated to ensure a plentiful supply of ashes for anyone who needed or wanted to be purified. Read the full story »

Korach: Judaism Has a Message

June 9, 2021 – 12:18 pm |
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Judaism has a message for every topic in life. Many are surprised by this. Religion is expected to have a relevant take on spirituality and devotion, but what does religion know about geopolitics, race relations, or virology?
A Jew once asked Rabbi Sholom Ber Schneersohn, the fifth Lubavitcher Rebbe, which political …

Shelach: The Behavior Mirror

May 29, 2021 – 11:55 pm |
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The mirror can be brutally honest. It reveals our beauty and our ugliness. It is not a good idea to stare in the mirror all day, but every so often it is good to take an honest look in the mirror.
When the Jewish people were in the desert, they found …

B’ha’alotcha: Tithe for Israel

May 23, 2021 – 12:05 am |
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Israel seems to be a recurring problem for the Jewish people. Ever since Joshua conquered the land, nations have tried to wrest it from us. Our ancestors fought recurring battles against the Moabites, Midianites, Canaanites, Amalekites, Ammonites, and Philistines. Later came the Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, Greeks, and finally, the Romans, …

Bamidbar: Israel Is On Fire

May 12, 2021 – 11:12 pm | 2 Comments | 
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Israel is on fire this week and we live in an age where this cannot be denied. Footage of skies filled with rockets fired maliciously into densely populated neighborhoods, flood our social media accounts daily. Our brethren live in shelters and too many have been struck. The iron dome is …

Naso: Implicit Bias

May 8, 2021 – 11:04 pm |
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Implicit bias is the idea that we all harbor prejudices and stereotypes without our conscious knowledge. It rests on theory that since most of our actions are governed by our subconscious, implicit biases are more accurate predictors of our behavior than conscious values.
In other words, we don’t need to behave …

Behar Bechukosai: Fool Yourself

May 1, 2021 – 11:20 pm |
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Do you ever fool yourself? The answer is likely yes because we all do. Every time you something wrong and find a circuitous argument to justify your behavior, you fool yourself.
The Torah forbids defrauding others in business. When you sell or buy from your fellow, do not wrong him. If …

Emor: Are Humans Good?

April 24, 2021 – 11:03 pm |
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The other day, I asked several youngsters which is the most important species on earth. One raised his hand and suggested that we, humans, are most important. Another objected and said, that we are the worst offenders on the planet. Humans, she insisted are a horrible species.
I was taken aback …

Acharei Kedoshim: Cancel Culture

April 17, 2021 – 9:31 pm |
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Cancel culture is a craze in our times. The airways and streets are ablaze with political correctness and groupthink. This isn’t the first time that cancel culture has taken hold. In my own lifetime I watched groupthink take hold several times and history books are replete with such examples. My …