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June 15, 2024 – 11:38 pm | Comments Off on Our Inherent Need to Matter42 views

Would you rather earn a meager salary or be a kept man or woman and live in luxury? Most people like to live in luxury, but not at the price of their self-image and soul.
Reflecting on our early history, G-d lovingly proclaimed to Jeremiah (2:2), “Go and call out in …

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The Buck Stops Here

March 4, 2023 – 10:46 pm | Comments Off on The Buck Stops Here640 views
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The buck stops here, was a sign on the desk of President Harry S Truman. It is a spin off the aphorism, “pass the buck”—punting responsibility to someone up the line. When you are president, Truman would often say, the buck stops here. You are responsible. If you don’t like …

Pinchas: A New Generation

July 20, 2019 – 11:23 pm | Comments Off on Pinchas: A New Generation1,771 views
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A new generation had emerged in the desert as Moses neared the end of his life. His siblings Miriam and Aharon had passed on. His nephew Elazar was now high priest and Elazar’s son, Pinchas, had joined the ranks of the priesthood. Shortly after Aharon’s passing, we notice signs of …

Noah: Spiritual Care

October 6, 2018 – 11:30 pm | Comments Off on Noah: Spiritual Care9,649 views
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Our sages were critical of Noah because he did failed to provide spiritual care for the people of his generation. Noah was a righteous man and worthy of rescue from the flood, but never once did Noah plead with G-d, let alone demand from G-d, to spare the people of …

Shlach: Rewarding Excellence

June 25, 2016 – 11:08 pm | Comments Off on Shlach: Rewarding Excellence3,314 views
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Right not Fair
When my son joined little league I was surprised that all teams, losing and winning, received trophies. I realize that no one wants to brand their team a loser, but if everyone is rewarded, effort and excellence are not incentivized. It is only by rewarding excellence that we …

Naso: The Trump Phenomenon

June 14, 2016 – 3:07 pm | Comments Off on Naso: The Trump Phenomenon2,893 views
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Why Trump?
America is in the grip of a serious Trump phenomenon. There are times when voters take leave of their senses and take fanciful flights to lands of folly. Logic and rationale are powerless against these movements. Certain notions take hold and you can argue till you are blue in …

Acharei Mot: For The People

May 2, 2016 – 10:08 am | Comments Off on Acharei Mot: For The People2,925 views
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A Sobering Moment
I remember my first “for the people,” moment. I was officiating at my first Bar Mitzvah as a rabbi. The sanctuary was filled to the brim and my aim was to impress. I offered a wonderful introduction to the Bar Mitzvah boy and a flowery reflection on his …

Ki Tisa: Humble Pride

February 26, 2013 – 3:39 am | Comments Off on Ki Tisa: Humble Pride7,700 views
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The Perfume of Art
G-d instructed Moses on the art of making anointment oil with which Jewish kings and priests were anointed. The ingredients included spices of the finest sort: 500 shekel weights of pure Myrrh, half of it, 250 shekel weights, of fragrant cinnamon, 250 shekel weights of fragrant cane …

Pinchas: Jewish Popup Screens

July 8, 2012 – 9:33 pm | Comments Off on Pinchas: Jewish Popup Screens3,124 views
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Pop Ups
Have you ever wondered why pop-up screens always offer gambling or lust opportunities and never Torah or Mitzvah opportunities? When was the last time you visited your favorite news site and got a Jewish pop-up screen offering you a chance to give charity? Did you ever check the weather …