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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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Vayera: A Person of Destiny

October 31, 2020 – 8:26 pm | Comments Off on Vayera: A Person of Destiny1,288 views
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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 …

Ki Tavo: Where is Justice?

September 3, 2012 – 3:00 am | Comments Off on Ki Tavo: Where is Justice?4,164 views
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Disturbing Questions
I was strolling into a cluster of trees intent on my morning prayers and was accosted by a thief who demanded my money. I don’t know what I was thinking, but here is what I said.
“Look I don’t have any money, but you aren’t going to believe me unless …

Shemini: Pre Determinism or Free Choice

April 25, 2012 – 10:11 pm | Comments Off on Shemini: Pre Determinism or Free Choice4,353 views
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If G-d Knew…
When Nadav and Avihu, sons of Aaron, passed away in their prime Moses intimated that their passing was foretold by G-d. [1] Our problem is this: if G-d had foreknowledge of their death, He must have had foreknowledge of the sin for which they died, [2] which raises …

Tazria Metzora: Do We Really Have Free Choice?

April 22, 2012 – 3:36 am | Comments Off on Tazria Metzora: Do We Really Have Free Choice?6,168 views
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When We Are Free
Those among us raised in free societies, whose earliest impressions were molded by values of democracy, cherish the principle of free choice. We believe deeply that the freedom to choose is integral to the human condition and we intuitively reject notions of pre-determinsm.
We cannot stomach the idea …

Tazria: Touched By Kindness

April 20, 2009 – 3:28 pm | Comments Off on Tazria: Touched By Kindness5,268 views
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Am Ordinary Event
The other day something happened that meant little when it occurred, but upon reflection came to mean a great deal. I was entering the post office with a mountain of envelopes balanced precariously in my arms. Taking in the perilous state of my load a girl of perhaps …

Korach: Turn the Other Cheek

June 11, 2007 – 5:37 pm | Comments Off on Korach: Turn the Other Cheek2,975 views
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Taking Offense
Have you ever noticed that it takes years to gain maturity and only moments to discard it? I have  witnessed grown men and women regress to childlike behavior, when thrust into an argument. Barbs are exchanged, passions rise; before you know it otherwise balanced adults carry on like children. …

B’Ha’alotcha: The Grand Design

June 11, 2006 – 11:56 am | Comments Off on B’Ha’alotcha: The Grand Design5,783 views
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A Missed Flight
Several days after my son’s circumcision, my wife and I went to visit the Mohel (Rabbi who performs circumcisions), who told us a remarkable tale of divine providence. He was once asked to perform a ritual circumcision in Lake Taho, to which he was required to travel …