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March 2, 2024 – 8:00 pm | Comments Off on If You Have Skills, Use Them30 views

Among the Jews who left Egypt, there were many artisans with special skills. When it was time to build the Tabernacle, they all came forward. The goldsmiths and silversmiths, the weavers and spinners, the builders and carpenters, the blacksmiths and chemists all volunteered their services.
The Torah makes specific mention of …

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A Path to Victory

February 10, 2024 – 10:02 pm | Comments Off on A Path to Victory126 views
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A story about the path to victory has recently circulated on social media: A mother asked her son, a soldier in Tzahal returning home on leave from Gaza, “What is the first thing you plan to do when you get home. He replied: “Hang a picture of the Bet Hamikdash—the …

A Father’s Happiness

December 30, 2023 – 9:30 pm | Comments Off on A Father’s Happiness199 views

Vayechi: A Father’s Happiness
If you needed a thousand dollars to pay your bills, would you get down on your knees and beg someone for help? Would you stand on the street with a tin cup and beg for alms?
Most of us would not demean ourselves that way for money. Money …

Where Do You Belong?

December 16, 2023 – 11:34 pm | Comments Off on Where Do You Belong?204 views
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Where do you belong? Where is home for you? Is home where your body resides or where your soul wants to be? As Jews, we are only at home in a holy land. Yet, most Jews live in the diaspora all over the world. So, for those of us who …

Living is Giving

December 11, 2023 – 9:38 pm | Comments Off on Living is Giving230 views
living is giving

Living is giving is one of the themes of this week’s Torah portion. Joseph rose to prominence in Egypt because of his ability to interpret Pharoh’s dreams. He accurately predicted a seven-year period of plenty when all harvests would be bountiful. The Middle East would enter a phase of incalculable …

Chanukah: One Battle at A Time

December 3, 2023 – 8:23 pm | Comments Off on Chanukah: One Battle at A Time169 views
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The Maccabees won the war one battle at a time. The odds they took on were impossible, but they never thought about the future escalations. Their only concern was with the battle in front of them.
Their first military skirmish was against a minor garrison of soldiers. It was not difficult …

Antisemitism Rears Its Ugly Head

November 25, 2023 – 10:02 pm | Comments Off on Antisemitism Rears Its Ugly Head254 views
antisemitism

Antisemitism has reared its ugly head again. It is no surprise. Antisemitism never really went away. Our sages taught that antisemitism is an unchanging, intractable scourge. Esau will always hate Jacob.[1] The only question is how close to the surface it lies.
The story of Esau and Jacob appears in the …

Vayetze: A Time of Strength, Not Darkness

November 18, 2023 – 10:58 pm | Comments Off on Vayetze: A Time of Strength, Not Darkness240 views
time of strength

Jacob traveled from Beer Sheva to Haran. Beer Sheva, Hebrew for the well of the oath, was named after the oath of friendship taken by Abraham and the Philistine king, Abimelech. Haran was named after the Hebrew word haron, which means anger. The people of Haran, chief among them Laban, …

The Jewish Core Emerges

November 15, 2023 – 7:17 pm | Comments Off on The Jewish Core Emerges231 views
Jewish Core

The Jewish core has emerged stronger than ever these past few weeks. The monstrous massacre, compounded by the public blaming Jews for it, was a murderous double stab to the collective Jewish heart. The fact that some of our decades-long friends and neighbors have turned on us so suddenly left …