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Michelangelo once said, “I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.”
The essence of every Jew is a beautiful perfect soul. It is unmarred by ego, immaturity, insecurity, obsession, or any other form of human weakness. This beautiful soul, more pristine than the angel in …

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Ha’azinu – Food for Thought for Your Dinner Table

October 5, 2008 – 2:05 am | Comments Off on Ha’azinu – Food for Thought for Your Dinner Table6,345 views
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Sunday: Rain and Dew
“May my teachings flow like rain, my words like dew.” Rain is formed from vapor that rises from earth and after condensing precipitates back to earth. Dew forms spontaneously here on earth when warmer surfaces contact the cooler atmosphere. Rain thus symbolizes the flow of G-d’s blessing …

Vayelech: Food for Thought for your Dinner Table

September 28, 2008 – 2:30 am | Comments Off on Vayelech: Food for Thought for your Dinner Table2,469 views
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Sunday: Where Did He Go?
The first words of our parshah, “And Moshe went and spoke to the sons of Israel.” Where did he go? Taking into account that this parshah is read between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur the commentaries suggest that he went to inspire Jews to repent. No …

Nitzavim: Food for Thought for your Dinner Table

September 23, 2008 – 4:59 pm | Comments Off on Nitzavim: Food for Thought for your Dinner Table2,792 views
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Sunday: Unity of Parts
“You stand firmly today, All together [as one], the heads of your tribes, elders, guards… young children, women, converts…” This verse begins by emphasising the unity of the gathering, they stood together [as one], then it enumerates the distinctions between the classes gathered on that day.
Unity is …

Ki Teze: Food for Thought for your DinnerTable

September 5, 2008 – 8:44 pm | Comments Off on Ki Teze: Food for Thought for your DinnerTable3,724 views
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Sunday: Internal Conflict
“When you go out to war against your enemies and G-d will deliver him into your hands.” There are two anomalies in this verse. First, why does the Torah use the phrase, “go out to war” when it would be sufficient to say go to war? Second, why …

Shoftim: Food for Thought for your Dinner Table

August 31, 2008 – 4:06 am | Comments Off on Shoftim: Food for Thought for your Dinner Table2,554 views
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Sunday: Local Judges
“Judges and guards you shall set for yourself at all your gates.” Judges were placed at the gates of every Jewish community both inside Israel and outside. Why were the Jews from abroad not brought to Israel for trial? Why were courts established outside of Israel?
A judge must …

Eikev: Food for Thought for Your Dinner Table

August 17, 2008 – 2:49 am | Comments Off on Eikev: Food for Thought for Your Dinner Table2,782 views
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Sunday: The individual
“You should observe and fulfill every Mitzvah that I command you today so that you may all live, multiply, arrive and inherit the land that I promised to your forefathers.” This verse begins with an exhortation to the individual, but concludes with a blessing to the nation. This …

Va’etchanan: Food for Thought for Your Dinner Table

August 11, 2008 – 3:29 am | Comments Off on Va’etchanan: Food for Thought for Your Dinner Table6,249 views
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Sunday: Pray to Pray
“I have beseeched the Almighty at that time . . . saying.” These words introduce Moshe’s heartfelt plea, later denied, to enter the Land of Israel. The last word of this verse, “saying,” seems superfluous, what does it mean?

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Matot: Food for Thought for Your Dinner Table

July 20, 2008 – 5:40 am | Comments Off on Matot: Food for Thought for Your Dinner Table3,127 views
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Sunday: The Vow
The Mishnah encourages us to take oaths against sins toward which we are inclined because “vows promote abstinence.” The Jerusalem Talmud discourages use of vows to prohibit behaviors that the Torah permits because “G-d’s prohibitions should be sufficient.” Which is the correct approach?

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