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May 25, 2024 – 10:48 pm | Comments Off on The Real You19 views

Michelangelo once said, “I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.”
The essence of every Jew is a beautiful perfect soul. It is unmarred by ego, immaturity, insecurity, obsession, or any other form of human weakness. This beautiful soul, more pristine than the angel in …

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The Kohen

May 27, 2023 – 11:40 pm | Comments Off on The Kohen380 views
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The kohen (priest) plays many central roles in this week’s Torah portion. Primary among them is the priestly blessing. G-d endowed the kohen with the power to confer blessing. It is a potent power. Imagine holding the keys to another’s fortune and happiness. If you choose, you can endow them …

Bestow Blessing

June 8, 2022 – 8:15 pm | Comments Off on Bestow Blessing806 views
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Every Jew has the power to bestow blessing. If you see a friend in need of a blessing, bestow blessing and don’t hide behind the illusion that you are too ordinary. Don’t be too humble and don’t be too stingy. Bestow blessing and let G-d worry about how to deliver …

Naso: Implicit Bias

May 8, 2021 – 11:04 pm | Comments Off on Naso: Implicit Bias1,863 views
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Implicit bias is the idea that we all harbor prejudices and stereotypes without our conscious knowledge. It rests on theory that since most of our actions are governed by our subconscious, implicit biases are more accurate predictors of our behavior than conscious values.
In other words, we don’t need to behave …

Naso: Give Your Fellow A Lift

June 11, 2019 – 7:27 pm | Comments Off on Naso: Give Your Fellow A Lift1,849 views
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Lift is an interesting word. In America, you give someone a lift, when you drive them to their destination. In England, it refers to an elevator. The British meaning makes more sense. A lift should lift you vertically; not transport you horizontally.
The concept of vertical lift is the subject of …

Naso: To be Lifted

May 24, 2018 – 12:22 pm | Comments Off on Naso: To be Lifted2,063 views
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To celebrate the inauguration of the tabernacle, the Jewish tribal princes made several key contributions. Among them were four wagons and eight oxen to transport the sacred vessels across the desert. When the Jews would travel in the desert, the Levites would disassemble the tabernacle and transport it, using these …

Naso: The Trump Phenomenon

June 14, 2016 – 3:07 pm | Comments Off on Naso: The Trump Phenomenon2,880 views
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Why Trump?
America is in the grip of a serious Trump phenomenon. There are times when voters take leave of their senses and take fanciful flights to lands of folly. Logic and rationale are powerless against these movements. Certain notions take hold and you can argue till you are blue in …

Naso: Self Imposed Confinement

May 25, 2014 – 11:44 am | Comments Off on Naso: Self Imposed Confinement2,677 views
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Isolation
We live in self-imposed confinement. Our world is confined to ourselves and to the people we love. Tell us about a tragedy elsewhere in the world, we cluck our tongues and move on. For some, the world is even smaller. It extends only to themselves. At every turn they ask …

Naso: The Priestly Blessings of Growth

May 12, 2013 – 5:38 am | Comments Off on Naso: The Priestly Blessings of Growth3,409 views
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Three Parts
A while back, someone in my congregation noticed that the Kohen, during the priestly blessings, repeated the cantor’s errors, when echoing his intonations. He inquired with the Kohen, who replied that he hadn’t noticed. He explained that when offering the blessing he tries to empty his mind and make …