11 Mar 2016

Download a printer friendly version here. Pekude 5776: Love and Reverence ‘In love the paradox occurs that two beings become one and yet remain two’.  — Eric Fromm, The Art of Loving Shemot, the book that tells the story of our freedom, ironically ends this week with the setting of…

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03 Mar 2016

Vayakhel-Shekalim 5776 All-In Download a printer friendly version here. Wherein lies happiness? In that which becks  Our ready minds to fellowship divine, A fellowship with essence; till we shine…’  — John Keats Picking up the pieces in the aftermath of the debacle of the Golden Calf Moshe arrives before…

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26 Feb 2016

Download a printer friendly version here. Ki Tisa 5776 – Masterful Companions “He who has a partner has a master.” ― Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo Calamity strikes in perashat Ki Tisa. It is the first time since the Garden of Eden that we read of sin that affects…

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18 Feb 2016

Download a printer friendly version here. Tetsave 5776: Lux in Arcana “We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.” ― Plato “May it be a light to you in dark places, when all…

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04 Feb 2016

To view the printer friendly version click here. “…She learned me about Moses and the Bulrushers, and I was in a sweat to find out all about him; but by and by she let it out that he had been dead for a considerable long time; so then I…

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28 Jan 2016

Click here to view the printer friendly version. ‘The great danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.’ — Michelangelo ‘A coach is someone who can give correction without causing…

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22 Jan 2016

To view the printer friendly version click here. ‘I’ve written some poetry I don’t understand myself’ — Carl Sandburg When I was six years old I attended Hancock Park elementary school in Los Angeles. My parents had delayed sending me to Jewish day school so that I could be a…

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14 Jan 2016

For a printer friendly version click here. Bo 5776: Tale Ends “The tale of someone’s life begins before they are born.” — Michael Wood, Shakespeare The opening line of Perashat Bo ties freedom to telling tales. God informs Moshe that the events in Egypt were carried out so that…

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08 Jan 2016

“It is not what you look at that matters. It’s what you see.” — Henry David Thoreu In his book Musicophilia, Oliver Sacks writes about the way in which the human mind processes music. He describes the various pathologies of the brain that inhibit a person’s ability to appreciate…

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01 Jan 2016

Shemot 5776 – Thought Experiments To view the printer friendly version click here. “The first people totalitarians destroy or silence are men of ideas and free minds.” — Isaiah Berlin The book of Shemot/Exodus brings the struggles and dreams of Abraham, Yitzhak and Yaakob into a national reality. The small…

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