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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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Vayikra: Humble Growth

March 15, 2010 – 2:53 am | Comments Off on Vayikra: Humble Growth7,897 views
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The Small Aleph
Letters in the Hebrew alphabet also serve as numerals. Aleph, the first letter of the alphabet, represents the numeral one. It is thus fitting that Elokim, G-d`s name and Anochi, the first word of the Ten Commandments, begin with the Aleph, which represents true and singular oneness. (1)


Vayakhel Pekudei: Ritual With Passion

March 7, 2010 – 12:50 am | Comments Off on Vayakhel Pekudei: Ritual With Passion2,668 views
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The Conundrum
I have a friend, a brilliant intellectual, who does not suffer fools lightly. From time to time I invite him to Synagogue and he reminds me that he does not have much tolerance for those who make too much of ritual and pay little heed to its underlying philosophy.


Emor: Meaningful Choices

April 29, 2007 – 5:01 am | Comments Off on Emor: Meaningful Choices3,014 views
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“He was in love with a Jewish woman. She was as Jewish as he was, but there was a problem. She was a convert and he was a kohein, a member of the priestly family.” (1) When I gently informed him that Jewish law forbids the marriage between a kohein …

Vayikra: Is it Meaningful?

March 19, 2006 – 3:49 am | Comments Off on Vayikra: Is it Meaningful?2,997 views
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Sin and Atonement
This week’s Parsha teaches that when a Jew commits a sin inadvertently he must bring a sin offering to atone for his violation.Why must a Jew be taken to task for an innocent mistake? Say, for example, he kindles a fire on Saturday not remembering that it was …

Toldot: Do Jews Dig Wells?

December 4, 2005 – 2:54 am | Comments Off on Toldot: Do Jews Dig Wells?2,539 views
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The Thrill of Discovery
Did you know that our patriarchs were devoted well diggers? Imagine digging for hours or even days on end, with no visible success. You dig thirty meters and find only soil and rock. You wonder about your prospects. You wonder if your efforts are in vain. (1) 


Lech L’cha: The Truly Meaningful

November 6, 2005 – 5:08 am | Comments Off on Lech L’cha: The Truly Meaningful2,423 views
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Oh, He Finally Noticed?
Our Parsha speaks of the journey made by Avraham and his wife Sarah to the land of Egypt. Fearing for Sarah’s safety in the face of Egyptian immorality, he said to her “ Behold I have noticed that you are beautiful”, and proceeded to outline a plan …