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Moses appointed twelve emissaries to scout out the Holy Land and return with a report. The representative for the tribe of Ephraim was Moses’ primary disciple, Joshua. Until this time, the lad’s name was Oshua. But Moses added a letter to his name and called him Joshua.
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Charity Without Poverty

May 6, 2023 – 11:04 pm | Comments Off on Charity Without Poverty628 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 …

Terumah: Good Intentions

February 13, 2021 – 8:54 pm | Comments Off on Terumah: Good Intentions1,208 views
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Good intentions are important, but they aren’t everything.
When it comes to Mitzvot, intentions are important, but the action is primary. If you want to mow the lawn, you need to go out and mow it. Intending to mow the lawn and even visualizing yourself doing it, won’t cut it (pun …

Re’e: Believe It

August 8, 2020 – 11:21 pm | Comments Off on Re’e: Believe It1,498 views
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It is hard to believe something that can’t be proved. It is even harder to believe in something you can’t see. Some people say, “when I see it, I will believe it.” Others say, “When you believe it, you will see it.”
When Covid-19 first came to our shores, I was …

Bamidbar: Count for Something

May 10, 2018 – 9:40 pm | Comments Off on Bamidbar: Count for Something2,275 views
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G-d instructed Moses to take a census of the Jewish people in the desert. In all, G-d told Moses to count the Jews three times in a forty-year period. Rashi, the famed eleventh century biblical commentator, explained that G-d counts the Jews because He loves them.[1]
This statement makes it sound …

Acharei Mot Kedoshim: Chai to Life

April 21, 2018 – 11:08 pm | Comments Off on Acharei Mot Kedoshim: Chai to Life2,080 views
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We are all familiar with chai, the Hebrew word for life. Chai has a numeric value of eighteen, which is why it is common for Jews to donate to charity in multiples of eighteen. The Talmud tells us that charity saves us from premature death.[1] When we donate in multiples …

Ki Tavo: Reach Out

September 17, 2016 – 11:35 pm | Comments Off on Ki Tavo: Reach Out2,528 views
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Cell Phone Reach Out
Good news for all those who have been trying to reach me via cell, text or other forms of digital communication. My withdrawal from the cell phone world has come to an end. My service provider delivered my new cell phone and I am connected again. But …

Re’eh: Charity

August 31, 2016 – 9:17 pm | Comments Off on Re’eh: Charity3,272 views
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Rewards
Charity is an obligation and even an investment. In some ways it is also a gift, but to the giver, not the recipient. The Talmud speaks of a righteous man called Benjamin who fed a poor woman and her seven daughters during a famine. Shortly thereafter, Benjamin fell ill and …

Vayishlach: Why We Give

November 29, 2014 – 8:35 pm | Comments Off on Vayishlach: Why We Give2,642 views
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Early Morning Mitzvah
I want to share a story that made me reflect on why we give to people in need.
It was 6:15 AM and I was at a Starbucks on the New York Throughway seeking a dose of Ameicana to keep me awake. I was tired and bleary eyed, but …