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Shavuot
Amid Israel’s war in Gaza, there is talk of drafting yeshivah students into the army to bolster its ranks. On Shavuot, we celebrate the anniversary of receiving the Torah, so I want to write about the role of Torah in war. The Torah is not just a dusty old book …

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Vayetze: The Jewish Oneness

November 15, 2015 – 2:55 pm | Comments Off on Vayetze: The Jewish Oneness2,872 views
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Twelve Sons
Jacob had twelve sons, each was a little different from the others. But they were much more alike than Isaac’s or Abraham’s children were. They were different parts of the same spectrum. Different colors of the same rainbow. Intrinsically, they were one.

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Vayetze: Putting Children First

November 23, 2014 – 12:41 am | Comments Off on Vayetze: Putting Children First2,606 views
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Children First
Do you put your children first? Are they an integral part of your life or do they intrude on your freedom? Did you marry only for love or to build a family with the person you love? When you come home, do you have eyes only for your spouse …

Vayetze: Building A Home

November 3, 2013 – 1:09 am | Comments Off on Vayetze: Building A Home3,889 views
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Three Places of Worship
Abraham Isaac and Jacob all served G-d on what would one day be the Temple Mount. Abraham called it a mountain, Isaac called it a field and Jacob called it a home.[1]

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Vayetze: We Are One

November 18, 2012 – 2:11 am | Comments Off on Vayetze: We Are One3,244 views
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A Single Vote
I wanted to vote in the recent US elections, I really did. But once again life got in the way. I can’t tell you how many times I berated myself for not partaking in this great democratic privilege. Men and women died for to preserve it and all …

Vayetze: Talking the Talk and Walking the Walk

November 27, 2011 – 4:40 am | Comments Off on Vayetze: Talking the Talk and Walking the Walk2,997 views
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Is Talking Enough?
We live in a world of action. If you want something to be real, you can’t just talk about it, you have to do something about it. Talking about love is not enough. Even if you truly love your words aren’t real until you do something to show …

Vayetze: Are you Content?

November 9, 2010 – 8:35 pm | Comments Off on Vayetze: Are you Content?2,755 views
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A Reason to live
Are you content with life? You make a living, enjoy a circle of close-knit friends and are loved by family; does this suffice to contend?

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Vayetze: Our Purpose

December 9, 2008 – 5:16 pm | Comments Off on Vayetze: Our Purpose2,903 views
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Look A Kippah
When I was growing up in Boston, Massachusetts, few Jews wore their Kippot (head coverings) outdoors. Seeing a man wearing a Kippa on the street always generated excitement: my siblings and I would point in awe and exclaim, “Look, there is a Jew.” We felt an immediate kinship …

Vayetze: Food for Thought at your Dinner Table

November 6, 2007 – 4:30 pm | Comments Off on Vayetze: Food for Thought at your Dinner Table3,390 views
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Sunday: Its all in the Mind
There are two levels of prophecy. The higher level is divine revelation. The lower level is divine communication. Our sages taught that G-d does not reveal himself to prophets in the diaspora unless they first merited at least one revelation in the holy land. This …