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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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Vayigash: Stuck in Lockdown?

December 21, 2020 – 1:48 pm | Comments Off on Vayigash: Stuck in Lockdown?
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Lockdown is a word with which we have sadly become all too familiar. Many countries around the world have experienced a second wave of COVID and implemented various forms of lockdown. Ontario in Canada just announced its own lockdown and as I write I am looking at 28 long days …

Chanukah: The Unstable Flame

December 5, 2020 – 10:19 pm | Comments Off on Chanukah: The Unstable Flame
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Oils that produce an unstable flame may not be used for Shabbat candles because Shabbat candles must be stable and pleasant. An unstable flame that rises and dips, a flame that is constantly on the verge of extinction causes anxiety and Shabbat candles are meant to be peaceful and pleasing.
However, …

Vayishlach: Have you ever Been Kissed?

November 28, 2020 – 9:40 pm | Comments Off on Vayishlach: Have you ever Been Kissed?
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Let me say this right up front: Have you ever been kissed, is not a question you expect to hear from a rabbi in a devar Torah. But I do mean the question sincerely, were you ever kissed? I’m not asking if you were ever kissed by your parents, grandparents, …

Vayetze: Jacob’s Lifeline

November 23, 2020 – 9:22 pm | Comments Off on Vayetze: Jacob’s Lifeline
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Have you ever gone out for drinks with colleagues and felt like a fish out of water? Suppose you are on a business trip with serious-minded professionals, but then over drinks, their professional exterior fades, and the talk turns vulgar. Your collegiality with these people is based on your common …

Toldot: Esau’s Garments

November 14, 2020 – 7:38 pm | Comments Off on Toldot: Esau’s Garments
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You know the story. Rebecca instructed Jacob to disguise himself as Esau by dressing in Esau’s garments (which were furry and made him appear hairy like Esau), present himself to his father, provide him with delicious wine and meat, and ask for the blessings that his father intended for Esau. …

The Passing of Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

November 12, 2020 – 6:18 pm | Comments Off on The Passing of Rabbi Jonathan Sacks
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It has been around a year since the world has lost a great leader with the passing of Rabbi Jonathan Sacks. Who will be his successor?
There will be millions beginning with me and you.
Rabbi Sacks was a unique and leading voice among rabbis in our generation. His keen intellect and …

Chayei Sarah: Personal Agenda

November 7, 2020 – 9:19 pm | Comments Off on Chayei Sarah: Personal Agenda
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Did you ever do a favor for another while harboring a personal agenda? If yes, would you ever admit it?
Abraham sent his servant Eliezer to Mesopotamia to seek a bride for Isaac among his relatives. Eliezer asked what to do if perchance the bride refused to return with him to …

Vayera: A Person of Destiny

October 31, 2020 – 8:26 pm | Comments Off on Vayera: A Person of Destiny
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Sodom would soon be aflame, and Lot and his family were being shepherded from the city. It was not his destiny to die that night. It was his destiny to live. But why?  Lot thought it was on account of his good deeds, but that wasn’t the case. It was …