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Moses appointed twelve emissaries to scout out the Holy Land and return with a report. The representative for the tribe of Ephraim was Moses’ primary disciple, Joshua. Until this time, the lad’s name was Oshua. But Moses added a letter to his name and called him Joshua.
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Articles by Lazer Gurkow

Shoftim: The Honest Court

September 3, 2016 – 11:07 pm | Comments Off on Shoftim: The Honest Court3,075 views
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Define Honesty
A tour group visited a court house and watched the court in session. The guide showed them the judge, jury, prosecutor, defense counsel and witnesses. “You see,” said the guide, “it takes many people to turn the wheels of justice.” At that point the prisoner called out from his …

Re’eh: Charity

August 31, 2016 – 9:17 pm | Comments Off on Re’eh: Charity3,271 views
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Rewards
Charity is an obligation and even an investment. In some ways it is also a gift, but to the giver, not the recipient. The Talmud speaks of a righteous man called Benjamin who fed a poor woman and her seven daughters during a famine. Shortly thereafter, Benjamin fell ill and …

Ekev: Study First

August 20, 2016 – 11:09 pm | Comments Off on Ekev: Study First3,107 views
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Study and Practice
To be a fully engaged Jew, one must study the Torah and practice its commandments. Torah study enables us to explore G-d’s mind, as it were. This draws us closer to Him, nourishes our souls and informs our spiritual mindset. Practicing the Torah’s commandments marries theory to reality …

Ekev: Habitude of Gratitude

August 20, 2016 – 10:50 pm | Comments Off on Ekev: Habitude of Gratitude3,190 views
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Grace After Meals
If you have even a nominal Jewish education, from day school, summer camp or home, you know that Judaism is a habitude of gratitude. When we awaken, we share words of gratitude, before and after we eat, once again gratitude. Before we go to sleep, some more gratitude.
Yes, …

Olympians Defy Game Spirit and Embrace Human Spirit

August 17, 2016 – 10:24 pm | Comments Off on Olympians Defy Game Spirit and Embrace Human Spirit5,073 views
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When Soul Trumps Sport
The world media loved it. The LA Times ran a headline “Runners Abbey D’Agostino, Nikki Hamblin are the real winners in Rio.” Indeed, they are the real winners. They really did win gold.
Here is how it happened.
Long distance runner Abbey D’Agostino, of Topsfield, Mass., collided with Nikki …

Vaetchanan: Pay Attention

August 15, 2016 – 11:49 pm | Comments Off on Vaetchanan: Pay Attention3,335 views
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Shema Yisrael
The best known verse in the Torah is the declaration of Jewish faith, Shema Yisrael, “hear O’ Israel, G-d is our Lord G-d is one.”[1] It is part of our liturgy and is recited four times a day. It is the verse with which countless Jews faced their death …

Vaetchanan: A Woman’s Comfort

August 15, 2016 – 11:45 pm | Comments Off on Vaetchanan: A Woman’s Comfort2,836 views
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Comfort
Just before I sat down to write this essay, I tucked my daughter Rochel into bed. As I walked into her room, she was struggling with pillows, blankets and a comforter that were way too large for her to maneuver. I offered to help, but she declined. I realized that …

D’varim: How Good Is Good?

August 6, 2016 – 11:57 pm | Comments Off on D’varim: How Good Is Good?17 views
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When More Is Less
There is an old saying, “if good is good, is better not better?” Contrast that with the saying, “everything is good, but only in moderation.” Which is true?
Ice cream is good, but too much of it gives you a stomach ache. Vacations are good, but too much …