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February 24, 2024 – 9:34 pm | Comments Off on The Real You Is Perfect2 views

Perfection is not part of the human experience; in fact, perfectionism is usually unhealthy, but perfection is part of the Divine experience. And here is the surprising truth. At your very core, in your most essential state of being, you are a sliver of the Divine. This means that the …

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The Morning After

July 8, 2023 – 11:06 pm | Comments Off on The Morning After452 views
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It’s not about what happens during the fight; it’s about what happens the morning after. When we get hot under the collar, we sometimes say regrettable things that lead to arguments. It is regrettable, but it is not pre-calculated. It is what happens the morning after that really counts. Do …

Life Journeys

July 23, 2022 – 11:52 pm | Comments Off on Life Journeys974 views
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We are all on a journey, the journey of life. Although our journeys are similar in many ways, each journey is unique. Have you ever wondered what makes my journey different from yours? What seminal event occurred in our nascent years that made me embark on a different path from …

Matot Masei: The Torah View of Women

July 12, 2020 – 3:18 pm | Comments Off on Matot Masei: The Torah View of Women1,674 views
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People often ask about the Torah’s view of women. A discussion about vows in this week’s Torah portion offers a surprising insight.
The Torah forbids many things such as shellfish, bacon, work during the Sabbath, collecting loans during the Sabbatical, and others. The Toral also permits many things. Yet, the Torah …

Matos Masei: Marijuana and Knives

July 8, 2018 – 9:38 pm | Comments Off on Matos Masei: Marijuana and Knives2,379 views
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Marijuana and knives, what’s the connection?
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In his book, The Better Angels of Our Nature,[1] Steven Pinker writes that he always had a difficult time with the rule of etiquette that doesn’t permit using a knife to shovel food onto the fork. He writes that after working without success to coax …

Matot: Jewish Custom

July 30, 2016 – 11:48 pm | Comments Off on Matot: Jewish Custom2,863 views
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Importance of Custom
One of the common refrains I hear as a rabbi are the words, “Oh, it’s just a custom. We don’t need to keep every custom.” The supposition is that Jewish law is binding, but customs are arbitrary. One can adopt them or reject them at will.

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Matot: Dishonesty

July 15, 2014 – 9:53 pm | Comments Off on Matot: Dishonesty6,006 views
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Social or Ritual?
They tell a story of a dying man, who called his son to his bedside. “Son,” he said, “let me tell you the two ironclad rules by which I ran my life. First, your word is gold. If you give it, you must keep it no matter the …

Matos Masei: Resisting Peer Pressure

June 30, 2013 – 4:03 am | Comments Off on Matos Masei: Resisting Peer Pressure4,700 views
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The Dilemma
Resisting peer pressure is a common challenge. It is a mistake to think that this is only a problem for young people; it pervades every segment of society. You might attend a party and experience pressure to drink. You might attend a social evening and encounter pressure to gossip. …

Matot Masei: Israel and the Jews

July 17, 2012 – 6:26 pm | Comments Off on Matot Masei: Israel and the Jews3,326 views
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What Is It?
What is it with Israel and the Jews? Take me for example; my family hasn’t lived in Israel for centuries. In fact I don’t how far back I need to trace my family history to find my roots in Israel. I’ve lived in North America all my life, …