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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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The Real You

May 25, 2024 – 10:48 pm | Comments Off on The Real You114 views
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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 …

Charity Without Poverty

May 6, 2023 – 11:04 pm | Comments Off on Charity Without Poverty615 views
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Can there be charity without poverty?
The world is on a warpath to eradicate poverty. Many billionaires, and wealthy developed countries, are investing heavily in poorer countries and hope to eradicate poverty by 2030. If that happens, the question is, what will happen to charity? Will it become a thing of …

The Minyan Effect

May 20, 2022 – 8:00 pm | Comments Off on The Minyan Effect1,041 views
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Minyan is a quorum of ten and it is a Jewish tradition to pray with a quorum. In fact, the holiest parts of prayer, the sanctification of G-d’s name and the chanting from the Torah, may only occur in the presence of a minyan. We believe that our prayers have …

Behar Bechukosai: Fool Yourself

May 1, 2021 – 11:20 pm | Comments Off on Behar Bechukosai: Fool Yourself1,075 views
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Do you ever fool yourself? The answer is likely yes because we all do. Every time you something wrong and find a circuitous argument to justify your behavior, you fool yourself.
The Torah forbids defrauding others in business. When you sell or buy from your fellow, do not wrong him. If …

Bechukoti: Retroactive Sin

May 27, 2019 – 1:03 pm | Comments Off on Bechukoti: Retroactive Sin1,801 views
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Sin is a terrible thing. First, it tempts me, then it punishes me. Why does G-d play this elaborate game with me? Why does He allow me to sin, and then punish me for having sinned?
I am not asking why He permits me to choose. I know the answer to …

B’har Bechukotai: Grassroots Jews

May 13, 2017 – 11:49 pm | Comments Off on B’har Bechukotai: Grassroots Jews2,697 views
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Is It You?
Every movement likes to call itself “grassroots” because that means it arose from the people. It is better to lead a movement that everyone wants than a movement whose momentum is artificially generated. Grassroots means that the people’s desire generated the movement. When the desire generates a movement, …

Bechukotai: Labor over Torah

May 28, 2016 – 11:32 pm | Comments Off on Bechukotai: Labor over Torah3,520 views
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True Labor
The first Mitzvah that the Almighty singles out for reward in our Parsha is that of Torah study.[1] But we aren’t rewarded for the mere study of Torah. We are rewarded for laboring over the Torah. It has been pointed out that this is the only instance where labor …

Bechukosai: The Gender Crisis

May 28, 2016 – 11:22 pm | Comments Off on Bechukosai: The Gender Crisis3,055 views
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Gender Issues
Even if you live in a cave somewhere in the mountains of Tibet, you have likely heard of the North Carolina Bathroom Bill that requires people to use the bathroom of their birth gender. This law has sparked a gender crisis because there are increasingly those who don’t identify …