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May 18, 2024 – 10:56 pm | Comments Off on Are We Equal?10 views

Are we truly equal? We all know someone smarter, wiser, more capable, industrious, resourceful, or creative, than us. We also know people less wise, capable, industrious, resourceful, or creative than us. So, are we truly equal?
The answer is yes, but not because we are all equally capable. Our skill sets …

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Tazria Metzora: The Pivotal Moment

April 10, 2021 – 10:49 pm | Comments Off on Tazria Metzora: The Pivotal Moment1,062 views
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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 | Comments Off on Semini: Kosher Fish1,048 views
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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 | Comments Off on Passover and Mashiach1,185 views
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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 | Comments Off on Passover: Matzah and the Forbidden Fruit26,506 views
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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 | Comments Off on Vayikra: The Contract1,422 views
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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 | Comments Off on Vaykahel Pekudei: In Your Heart2,510 views
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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 | Comments Off on Purim: The Response to Antisemitism1,258 views
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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 …

Terumah: Good Intentions

February 13, 2021 – 8:54 pm | Comments Off on Terumah: Good Intentions1,176 views
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Good intentions are important, but they aren’t everything.
When it comes to Mitzvot, intentions are important, but the action is primary. If you want to mow the lawn, you need to go out and mow it. Intending to mow the lawn and even visualizing yourself doing it, won’t cut it (pun …