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Shavuot
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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Toldot: Tapping Our Potential

November 13, 2009 – 5:15 pm | Comments Off on Toldot: Tapping Our Potential2,763 views
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Double Deceit
Jacob was cooking soup and his older brother wanted a bowl. Jacob offered the soup in return for Esau’s first born ritual rites. Esau didn’t hesitate; he happily surrendered his rites for a bowl of soup.

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Ki Tisa: Grappling with Evil

March 8, 2009 – 3:10 am | Comments Off on Ki Tisa: Grappling with Evil2,785 views
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Durban II
The United States has announced that it will not attend the United Nation’s second conference on Anti Racism dubbed Durban II. You might recall that the United States and Israel walked out of the first Anti Racism conference in 2001 when it turned into an evil hate fest of …

Vayera: A Nation of Twinkling Stars

November 2, 2008 – 1:51 am | Comments Off on Vayera: A Nation of Twinkling Stars3,520 views
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Flickering Flames
The first snow of the winter is always a delight, but not when it arrives in October.

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Re’eh: The Sacred Barbecue

August 5, 2007 – 3:42 am | Comments Off on Re’eh: The Sacred Barbecue3,546 views
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The Barbecue
Its a lazy summer afternoon. Warm sunshine bathes the yard, birds perch atop the trees and a gentle breeze caresses its limbs. Sounds of playing children and chatting adults waft up through the yard and, on the patio, an aroma of sizzling steak rises from the barbecue.

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Yitro: Piercing the Veil of Earth

January 21, 2007 – 4:58 am | Comments Off on Yitro: Piercing the Veil of Earth2,691 views
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The Debate
When Moses climbed Mount Sinai to receive the Torah the angels objected. “G-d,” they declared, “Do you intend to squander this precious commodity on mankind? (1)

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Vayeshev: Miracle of Survival

November 26, 2006 – 2:49 am | Comments Off on Vayeshev: Miracle of Survival2,523 views
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Why?
We Jews have survived the longest and most turbulent exile in history. What inner strength enables our survival? Rejected by host nations, expelled from our homes and reviled by much of society, why haven’t we succumbed?

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Ekev: Sacred Stones

August 6, 2006 – 3:52 am | Comments Off on Ekev: Sacred Stones2,336 views
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Failed Resolutions
Have you ever made a resolution you didn’t keep?Have you ever resolved to go to bed early only to wake up with a headache because you didn’t put that book down? Have you ever resolved not to take a second helping, but walked away engorged because your portions were …

Vayikra: Every Jew is Crucial

March 2, 2006 – 2:37 am | Comments Off on Vayikra: Every Jew is Crucial2,551 views
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Why?
“Rabbi,” he said to me, “Why is it that in some Jewish circles I am seen as a lesser Jew? I was born to a Jewish mother, but I don’t practice very much. Am I any less Jewish than other Jews?”

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