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Moses appointed twelve emissaries to scout out the Holy Land and return with a report. The representative for the tribe of Ephraim was Moses’ primary disciple, Joshua. Until this time, the lad’s name was Oshua. But Moses added a letter to his name and called him Joshua.
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Bamidbar: Positive Thought

May 18, 2014 – 3:38 am | Comments Off on Bamidbar: Positive Thought2,831 views
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Is Optimism Naive?
Are you confident about the future? There are those who are frustratingly optimistic. No matter what the present, their faith in mankind, destiny and G-d’s basic commitment to goodness is unshakable. Others are more jaded. They look at the current state of affairs and take a dismal view …

Canukah: Despite the Odds

November 21, 2013 – 6:50 pm | Comments Off on Canukah: Despite the Odds9,575 views
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The Source of Light
In the course of life there are times of joy and of melancholy. When we are surrounded by friends and a constructive support network, when we are successful at home and at work, when we are satisfied with personal progress and development it is easy to coast …

Noach: Seeds of Light

October 28, 2008 – 3:44 am | Comments Off on Noach: Seeds of Light2,709 views
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Oy – A Tzoro
Have you ever been “oif tzoros?” It’s a prominent Yiddish aphorism that means “in trouble.” If your mother gave you shopping money and you lost it in a bad bet then you are “oif tzoros.” If your wife caught you drinking with friends while you claimed to …

Shemot: There is Always an Option

December 24, 2006 – 6:55 am | Comments Off on Shemot: There is Always an Option2,879 views
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Only in America
High over the skies of Ohio I engaged my seat mate in discussion. His father is Protestant, his mother is Anglican and he, an earnest family man, wants to join the Anglican church. However, the only young congregation in his neighborhood with  facilities for children is that of …

Simchat Torah: Circular Logic

September 11, 2006 – 10:05 pm | Comments Off on Simchat Torah: Circular Logic2,859 views
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Two Types
There are two types of people; the first sees tragedy, the other sees opportunity.
If their homes go up in flames, the first would reflect on the beautiful home that was, the second would contemplate the even more beautiful home that can soon be.

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Days of Mourning

July 16, 2006 – 3:54 am | Comments Off on Days of Mourning2,848 views
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A Kind Suffering
The Hebrew word Chessed, kindness, has a numeric value of seventy-two. Kabbalah teaches that the last seventy-two days of the Hebrew calendar year are permeated with Chessed, divine benevolence. This period begins on the seventeenth day of the Hebrew month, Tamuz.

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Tishah B’av:The Silver Lining

July 16, 2006 – 3:42 am | Comments Off on Tishah B’av:The Silver Lining7,319 views
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Asaf’s Perspective
On the ninth day of the Hebrew month Av, we fast and mourn as we mark the destruction of the Bet Hamikdash in the year 69 CE. A story is told of Asaf, a Levite and the choirmaster at the holy temple. He was renowned for his music and …