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May 18, 2024 – 10:56 pm | Comments Off on Are We Equal?8 views

Are we truly equal? We all know someone smarter, wiser, more capable, industrious, resourceful, or creative, than us. We also know people less wise, capable, industrious, resourceful, or creative than us. So, are we truly equal?
The answer is yes, but not because we are all equally capable. Our skill sets …

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If You Have Skills, Use Them

March 2, 2024 – 8:00 pm | Comments Off on If You Have Skills, Use Them308 views
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Among the Jews who left Egypt, there were many artisans with special skills. When it was time to build the Tabernacle, they all came forward. The goldsmiths and silversmiths, the weavers and spinners, the builders and carpenters, the blacksmiths and chemists all volunteered their services.
The Torah makes specific mention of …

Vayekhel: With All You Got

February 21, 2022 – 9:06 am | Comments Off on Vayekhel: With All You Got812 views
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Do you live with all you got, or do you hold back out of fear, shame, insecurity, or lack of confidence?
This week we read a special selection from the Torah in honor of the upcoming month, II Adar. It is about the half silver coin. G-d instructs Moses to take …

Vaykahel Pekudei: In Your Heart

March 6, 2021 – 9:48 pm | Comments Off on Vaykahel Pekudei: In Your Heart2,509 views
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Is G-d in your heart, is He at least in your mind, or is He only in your deeds? A tabernacle can be built by deeds, but the most important tabernacle is built in the heart.
When G-d instructed Moshe to build the Tabernacle, the Jewish people contributed more materials than …

Vaykahel Pekudei: Social Distancing

March 17, 2020 – 11:20 pm | Comments Off on Vaykahel Pekudei: Social Distancing1,388 views
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Social distancing connotes the two-meter distance that we maintain to prevent the spread of the dreaded Covid-19. Personally, I dislike the term social distancing because it sounds like we are imposing a social distance, when in fact we are only imposing a physical distance. Socially, we must make an even …

Vayakhel: Sleep is Good

February 25, 2019 – 10:32 pm | Comments Off on Vayakhel: Sleep is Good3,379 views
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Vayakhel: Sleep is Good
Sleep is good for you, or so they say. But how much sleep is good? Maimonides suggested eight hours—one third of the day. I haven’t met anyone who disagrees with the notion that sleep is good, but I have often wondered why sleep is necessary? Wouldn’t it …

Vayakhel Pekudei: Playing Host to G-d

March 3, 2018 – 9:29 pm | Comments Off on Vayakhel Pekudei: Playing Host to G-d6,510 views
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A Wise Host
The host of the party was worried that there were too many people and not enough refreshments. He was sure that not everyone had been invited, but he had to identify the crashers. So, he called for silence and asked, “Will those from the bride’s side of the …

Vayakhel Pekudei: To Carry Forward

March 19, 2017 – 1:40 am | Comments Off on Vayakhel Pekudei: To Carry Forward2,342 views
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To Raise a Child
If we look back on our upbringing, we will note that we are an amalgam of a huge family. We carry traits from our mothers, fathers, and grandparents. Some of our values were taught by our mothers, some by our fathers, and some by our grandparents. Some …

Vayakhel: Right Down The Middle

March 3, 2016 – 12:16 pm | Comments Off on Vayakhel: Right Down The Middle2,638 views
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One Long Rod
Baseball training begins this week and you know what that means. Everyone is waiting for the fastball right down the middle. Pitchers hope it will blow right by the batter and strike him out. Hitters hope to slap it right out of the ball park. Balls thrown inside …