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Behar Bechukosai: Fool Yourself

May 1, 2021 – 11:20 pm | 57 views

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 …

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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 at the negative self-concept bred into this young lady at such a tender age. What did this innocent girl do to deserve to think that she and everyone she knows are horrible? Teaching children that humans are the worst species on the planet will become a self-fulfilling prophecy. How can a child feel good about herself if she is taught that she has no redeeming value? The rabbit and even the insect have more value than this beautiful child? Read the full story »

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 …

Tazria Metzora: The Pivotal Moment

April 10, 2021 – 10:49 pm |
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This week we will learn about the power of a moment. A metzora is one who contracted a skin condition called Tzaraas in biblical times. This condition is often confused with leprosy because the metzora was quarantined, but this was not a medical condition. These lesions appeared when a Jew …

Semini: Kosher Fish

April 7, 2021 – 4:49 pm |
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Kosher fish have fins and scales. In the Torah’s words, “Any [creature] in the water that has fins and scales, those you may eat.”[1] Though fins and scales merely indicate that a fish is kosher, there must be a reason G-d chose these two indicators. Why do fins and scales …

Passover and Mashiach

March 30, 2021 – 12:19 am |
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Passover commemorates the first redemption of the Jewish people from exile. I am sure it was fun to celebrate Passover while we enjoyed the fruits of that redemption, while we were living in Israel, free and independent in our land. But sadly, our people have been exiled again several times …

Passover: Matzah and the Forbidden Fruit

March 20, 2021 – 10:30 pm |
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Matzah and the forbidden fruit? Most people would be surprised to learn that the two are linked, but that is because most people believe that the forbidden fruit was an apple. Our sages argued over the identity of this fruit, but no one thought it was an apple.
Rabbi Meir said …

Vayikra: The Contract

March 13, 2021 – 10:02 pm |
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G-d signed a contract with King David and through David, He signed it with the Jewish people. David asked G-d to preserve him, and G-d replied, if you look after my commandments, I will look after you.
Our sages offered a parable: One man owned a vineyard in the Galilee, and …

Vaykahel Pekudei: In Your Heart

March 6, 2021 – 9:48 pm |
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Is G-d in your heart, is He at least in your mind, or is He only in your deeds? A tabernacle can be built by deeds, but the most important tabernacle is built in the heart.
When G-d instructed Moshe to build the Tabernacle, the Jewish people contributed more materials than …

Purim: The Response to Antisemitism

February 20, 2021 – 9:35 pm |
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Purim represents a victory over antisemitism. Haman was the preeminent antisemite. He didn’t need a reason to hate Jews. He hated them because they were Jewish. Any of his reasons were excuses on which to hang his hat, but they weren’t his primary reasons.
Let’s look at the story of Purim …