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Charity Without Poverty

May 6, 2023 – 11:04 pm | Comments Off on Charity Without Poverty497 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 …

Vayigash: Debt of Kindness

December 29, 2019 – 2:24 pm | Comments Off on Vayigash: Debt of Kindness1,811 views
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Kindness is something that is usually given out of generosity. We don’t usually think of kindness as a debt. Yet, sometimes it is a debt. For example, if someone treats you kindly, they deserve to be treated kindly in return; you owe them a debt of kindness. If you owe …

Shoftim: City of Refuge

August 11, 2018 – 11:00 pm | Comments Off on Shoftim: City of Refuge2,208 views
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The Torah tells us that in the messianic era when the land of Israel will expand beyond the borders enjoyed by our ancestors, it will become necessary to designate three more cities of refuge to provide sanction for inadvertent killers. When a Jew killed another inadvertently, the Torah allows the …

Vayishlach: Why We Give

November 29, 2014 – 8:35 pm | Comments Off on Vayishlach: Why We Give2,560 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 …

Vayera: The Final Journey

November 1, 2014 – 10:19 pm | Comments Off on Vayera: The Final Journey2,757 views
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Accompaniment
Today I want to share a reflection for life’s final journey.
Abraham planted an Eshel[1] and our sages had two different explanations for what that was. Some said it was an orchard, others said it was an inn. Some name their inn, The Red Roof Inn, others name their inn, The …

Korach: Kindness or Weakness

June 16, 2014 – 4:01 am | Comments Off on Korach: Kindness or Weakness2,787 views
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The Debate
The recent decision by the US Government to secure the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from captivity in return for five- hardened Taliban terrorists has sparked debate. Those in support hail President Obama as a decisive leader, who made the courageous choice to save a life. Those who oppose …

Noach: Selfish as a Raven

October 26, 2011 – 8:10 pm | Comments Off on Noach: Selfish as a Raven3,659 views
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Is it Craven?
In contrast to Edgar Allen Poe, who suggested in his famous poem, The Raven, that though its crest is shorn and shaven, the raven isn’t craven, the Talmudic sages were not so kindly disposed.

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Tazria: Touched By Kindness

April 20, 2009 – 3:28 pm | Comments Off on Tazria: Touched By Kindness5,160 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 …