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Shmini: Bribe Yourself

March 27, 2016 – 12:26 am | Comments Off on Shmini: Bribe Yourself3,015 views
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The Bribe
This scene has probably played out in every family home. You are going to a wedding and don’t want to be late. But your children couldn’t care less and take their merry time getting ready. At your wits end, you do what any desperate parent does; you offer a …

Vayera: Eat and Drink

October 13, 2013 – 4:55 am | Comments Off on Vayera: Eat and Drink5,937 views
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Planting In A Well
“And [Abraham] planted an Eshel in B’er Sheva.” Eshel is an inn, a place to eat and drink,[1] strangers passing through B’er Sheva, were invited to Abraham’s tent to eat and drink. When they had their fill, Abraham would invite them to thank G-d for the food …

Hypocrisy is not Kosher

March 31, 2013 – 5:45 am | Comments Off on Hypocrisy is not Kosher3,934 views
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The Positive First
Every Jewish child will tell you that kosher meat comes from a kosher animal. Most Jewish children will know that a kosher animal is one that has cloven hooves and chews its cud. Some might even know that there are four animals listed in the Torah that …

Matot: The Joys of Ice-Cream

July 20, 2011 – 6:31 pm | Comments Off on Matot: The Joys of Ice-Cream3,763 views
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Can You Have Your Cake And Eat It Too?
When we see a religious leader living the good life, fancy cars, extravagant expense accounts and private jets, we are naturally skeptical about their piety. When we think of the devout we conjure up images of the impoverished and downtrodden whose faith, …

Toldot: On Being a Mentch

November 3, 2010 – 2:49 am | Comments Off on Toldot: On Being a Mentch2,936 views
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Fill Me Up – I’m Famished
Would you find it distasteful if I barged into your home while you were cooking stew,  peeked into your pot and demanded, as Esau did of Jacob, “Pour some of that red stuff down my throat; I’m exhausted!” (1)

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Shlach: Got Challah?

May 30, 2010 – 5:11 am | Comments Off on Shlach: Got Challah?2,666 views
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A Unique Form of Giving
There are many forms of giving; charitable donations, priestly offerings and sacrificial consecrations to name a few. The common denominator among these is that a portion of one’s property is donated or consecrated one time; rendering the remainder available for personal use. The one exception is …

Shemini: Freedom to Eat

April 11, 2007 – 7:31 pm | Comments Off on Shemini: Freedom to Eat15,633 views
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The Buffet Dilemma
You are standing in front of a heaping buffet bursting with mouth watering delicacies. Your appetite is stimulated and your juices are flowing. The host grants you the freedom to indulge to your heart’s delight.

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B’Ha’alotcha: Manna and Shabbat

June 5, 2006 – 2:05 am | Comments Off on B’Ha’alotcha: Manna and Shabbat2,623 views
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A Connection
Our Parsha describes the manner in which the Manna from heaven was delivered to our ancestors in the desert. It has been said that if one forgets which Parsha to read on any given Shabbat he should read the Parsha of the manna. This indicates a connection between the …