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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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G-d Is Calling

March 19, 2023 – 12:17 am | Comments Off on G-d Is Calling2,950 views
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When things happen to me, good or bad, I often think that G-d is calling. It is a mantra that I took up in life. It reminds me that nothing is random. Everything happens for a reason. G-d is calling to tell me something. It is either good or bad, …

Vayikra: Do It With Heart

March 5, 2022 – 10:38 pm | Comments Off on Vayikra: Do It With Heart1,048 views
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Do it with heart, is the lesson we learn from the very first words that G-d ever uttered to Moses in the Tabernacle.
The very first time that G-d summoned Moses to the Tabernacle, G-d told Moses, “Go tell the Jewish people these captivating words: I am talking to you, you …

Vayikra: The Contract

March 13, 2021 – 10:02 pm | Comments Off on Vayikra: The Contract1,439 views
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G-d signed a contract with King David and through David, He signed it with the Jewish people. David asked G-d to preserve him, and G-d replied, if you look after my commandments, I will look after you.
Our sages offered a parable: One man owned a vineyard in the Galilee, and …

Vayikra: Healthy Distancing

March 22, 2020 – 5:17 pm | Comments Off on Vayikra: Healthy Distancing2,193 views
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Healthy distancing is a phrase I coined to replace the term social distancing. As I wrote last week, we are distancing for healthy purposes, not for social purposes and we must do out utmost to ensure that our healthy distancing does not result in social distancing.
Jews are careful to avoid …

Vayikra: Love

March 9, 2019 – 9:27 pm | Comments Off on Vayikra: Love1,732 views
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True love can only emerge when two people perform acts of love for each other. I am not talking about the shallow love that people describe when they talk about falling in love. That kind of love is skin deep. I am not even talking about the kind of love …

Vayikra: Coming to Shull

March 14, 2018 – 9:58 am | Comments Off on Vayikra: Coming to Shull2,304 views
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When you live in a small Jewish community, you often need to recruit people to attend services at the synagogue just to ensure that you have a Minyan (quorum of ten men for prayer). Many grow frustrated with the process and wonder what value there is in attending only because …

Vayikra: The Daily Offering

March 25, 2017 – 10:58 pm | Comments Off on Vayikra: The Daily Offering2,801 views
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A Little is Enough
If you were a little fly on the wall of the Tabernacle or Temple you would notice a curious aspect of the sacrificial rite, namely the daily offerings. Each morning, at dawn’s earliest light, a sheep offering was made. Every day the same kind of sheep with …

Vayikra: Self Esteem

March 2, 2014 – 4:29 am | Comments Off on Vayikra: Self Esteem3,093 views
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I Am A Failure
I recently met someone who complained of a failing self-esteem. I can’t find a job, I can’t make ends meet and I’m constantly worried about money. How can I look my children in the eyes, if I’m sure they have lost respect for me? I am a …