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Shavuot
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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Are We Children or Chosen?

August 5, 2023 – 10:54 pm | Comments Off on Are We Children or Chosen?484 views
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Are we G-d’s children or G-d’s chosen?
On the face of it, one be both, but when you think about it, you see that we must choose. Choices can only be made between two equal options. When the options are unequal, there is no real choice—you obviously opt for the superior …

Vayishlach: Living A Full Life

November 21, 2015 – 11:03 pm | Comments Off on Vayishlach: Living A Full Life3,600 views
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Life and Death
When are you most alive, after birth or after death?
That is a crowd stopping question. What in the world does it mean?
Well, think about it. When you were born, G-d breathed a soul, a part of Himself, a slice of heaven, into your body. Your soul is your …

Vayeshev: You Are A Gem

November 17, 2013 – 12:06 am | Comments Off on Vayeshev: You Are A Gem3,913 views
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Two Names
G-d appeared to Jacob and said, “Your name is Jacob. Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel shall be your name.”[1]  Nevertheless, the Torah continues to make repeated use of both names, Jacob and Israel, in every following chapter until Jacob’s death. This is because the …

Shemot: A Day Is Born

December 31, 2012 – 2:02 am | Comments Off on Shemot: A Day Is Born3,333 views
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Baby De-Light
In their darkest hour, a time of deep despair, a baby boy named Moses was born to Yocheved and Amram, the leaders of a suffering nation. It took only a glance to notice that this baby was special. A good baby. But aren’t all babies good? Yes, but this …

Re’eh: Animal Rights

July 31, 2012 – 10:31 pm | Comments Off on Re’eh: Animal Rights3,288 views
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The Golden Mean
The world is full of animal rights activists who stand in the breach and protect our animals. They work to save endangered species and prevent animal abuse.

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Ekev: Animal Lovers

July 31, 2012 – 10:22 pm | Comments Off on Ekev: Animal Lovers4,065 views
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Caring for Your Pet
From time immemorial people have raised animals, but they didn’t always love them. Early animal domesticators put their animals to work. Wolves and later dogs were used as hunting tools. Cattle and fowl were either slaughtered for food or kept for wool, milk and eggs. Horses and …

Re’eh: The Sacred Barbecue

August 5, 2007 – 3:42 am | Comments Off on Re’eh: The Sacred Barbecue3,546 views
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The Barbecue
Its a lazy summer afternoon. Warm sunshine bathes the yard, birds perch atop the trees and a gentle breeze caresses its limbs. Sounds of playing children and chatting adults waft up through the yard and, on the patio, an aroma of sizzling steak rises from the barbecue.

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Yitro: Piercing the Veil of Earth

January 21, 2007 – 4:58 am | Comments Off on Yitro: Piercing the Veil of Earth2,691 views
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The Debate
When Moses climbed Mount Sinai to receive the Torah the angels objected. “G-d,” they declared, “Do you intend to squander this precious commodity on mankind? (1)

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