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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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Naso: Transforming The Desert

May 21, 2006 – 3:26 am | Comments Off on Naso: Transforming The Desert2,318 views
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A G-dless Environment
The Temple service, described in our Parsha, was held in an arid and barren locale, the desert. G-d charged our ancestors with a special mission: transform the desert and make it bloom, bloom with the flowering blossoms of spirituality. In our day we have a similar mission: transform …

Tzav: Transformation From Within

April 2, 2006 – 9:04 pm | Comments Off on Tzav: Transformation From Within6,133 views
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In Love
A young man was set up on a “shidduch” date. After the first date he told his mother that he was impressed with the young lady’s character, but not with the shape of her nose. After several further dates the young man fell in love. When his mother asked …

Purim: Celebrating the Inner Battle

March 13, 2006 – 5:24 am | Comments Off on Purim: Celebrating the Inner Battle2,873 views
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A Curious Distinction
Among the many rituals observed during the holiday of Purim are those of Mishloach Manot, sending food baskets to fellow Jews, and Matanot Laevyonim, sharing gifts with the poor.

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Mitzora: The Duel of Life

January 12, 2006 – 3:46 am | Comments Off on Mitzora: The Duel of Life3,179 views
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Body and Soul
Life, according to Torah, is a duel between two forces, the body’s gravitation towards self benefit and the soul’s attraction towards fulfillment and meaning. This body / soul dynamic is the crux of the human experience. It is the duel of life.

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Vayigash: Temper Reined In

January 2, 2006 – 11:09 pm | Comments Off on Vayigash: Temper Reined In2,465 views
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Great Characters
A member of my congregation once told me that I am incapable of anger and that I never take offense. I dare say that I wasn’t humble enough to dissuade him, but I chuckled quietly and mused, “Would, that my mother hears this.”

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Vayeshev: Countering the Voice of Temptation

November 24, 2005 – 5:39 am | Comments Off on Vayeshev: Countering the Voice of Temptation3,086 views
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The Magic Potion
“Rabbi, what can I do to silence my inner voice,” asked the man. When the rabbi replied that this voice might never be silenced, the man exclaimed, “But it’s driving me crazy. Is there any advice that can help me overcome it?”

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Simchat Torah: Start Again

November 2, 2005 – 3:27 am | Comments Off on Simchat Torah: Start Again2,868 views
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A Page Turner
When was the last time you spent an entire year reading a two thousand-page novel and then launched into a second reading of it on the very day you finished? When was the last time you spent an entire year reading this novel for the second time and …

Sh’lach L’chah : Despite All Odds

June 21, 2005 – 5:28 am | Comments Off on Sh’lach L’chah : Despite All Odds2,726 views
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Communicating Truths
In May of 1967, an Egyptian parliamentary delegation visiting Moscow was told that Israel had concentrated its army on the Syrian border and that an imminent Israeli invasion of Syria should be expected.

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