30 Sep 2016

Download a printer friendly version here. “Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.” — J.K. Rowling As the time for entry into the Promised Land draws near, Moshe turns from speaking of nation building and instead casts his prophetic gaze deep into the future. He…

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28 Sep 2016
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23 Sep 2016

Download a printer friendly version here. “Every traveller has a home of his own,and he learns to appreciate it the more from his wandering.” ― Charles Dickens It has been a long and arduous history for the Jewish people. There have been few places on this earth that we have not…

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16 Sep 2016

Download a printer friendly version here. Encourage all your virtuous dispositions, and exercise them whenever an opportunity arises, being assured that they will gain strength by exercise, as a limb of the body does, and that exercise will make them habitual. — Thomas Jefferson With forty-four distinct paragraphs and seventy-four…

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09 Sep 2016

Download a printer friendly version here. “When you believe in things that you don’t understand then you suffer, superstition ain’t the way.”— Stevie Wonder There is an old superstition among some Eastern Sephardi communities that restricts a newly married woman from attending other weddings without first trading a hairpin with the bride….

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02 Sep 2016

Download a printer friendly version here. ‘Idleness is fatal only to the mediocre’. —Albert Camus  ‘We are kept from our goal not by obstacles, but by a clear path to a lesser goal’. — Robert Brault The striking opening of perashat Re’eh puts forth a vision for the Children of…

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26 Aug 2016

Download a printer friendly version here. “Love is not affectionate feeling, but a steady wish for the loved person’s ultimate good as far as it can be obtained” — C.S. Lewis Love is a prominent theme in Moshe’s last address to the nation. The different forms of the word אהבה/love…

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18 Aug 2016

Download a printer friendly version here. Va’ethanan 5776: Trust Fund “Our place in the world, I believe, depends on what we contribute to mankind. We have contributed the Torah, the Mosaic vision of right conduct and of first and last things. It is our life, and the length of…

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12 Aug 2016

Download a printer friendly version here. “Israel…Where there will one day be peace but never quiet.” — Natalie Portman In 2006 Alan Dershowitz published a collection of eighty essays by writers, performers, scholars, journalists and politicians entitled ‘What Israel Means to Me’. It is a remarkable book that I cherish…

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