21 May 2015

Bemidbar-Shavuot 5775: True Colours “A personality is a product of cultivation. The true self is what you have built from your nature, not just what your nature started out with.”  — David Brooks Most of us appreciate being accepted for who we are, and we enjoy being in environments…

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25 Jul 2014

There are times during our yearly readings when we might wonder why the Torah provides us with certain information. This week part of the parasha is comprised of a listing of every place the Children of Israel encamped in the desert during their 40-year sojourn. Rambam discusses the purpose…

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17 Jul 2014

The story goes that in the Polish village of Chelm there was a dangerously steep hill. People were always falling down this hill and getting injured. The village elders gathered to find a solution to this terrible problem, and after days of discussion, they finally had it; they built…

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11 Jul 2014

In perashat Pinehas, identity is a prominent theme. People are mentioned with elaborate pedigree. Questions are raised concerning whom…

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26 Jun 2014

“A new truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.” — Max Planck If we were to meet someone who thought that the sun revolved…

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20 Jun 2014

“Which arguments are for the sake of Heaven? Those of Hillel and Shamai. Which arguments are not for the sake of Heaven? Those of Korah and his company.” (Abot, 5:17) As if last week’s debacle with the spies was not catastrophic enough, this week things get worse as Moshe…

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13 Jun 2014

“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.”  ― Abraham Lincoln In perashat Shelah we find our ancestors standing upon the threshold of the Promised Land. They faced a reality that had been no more than a dream for centuries, and now…

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30 May 2014

“I will insist the Hebrews have more to civilize men than any other nation…They are the most glorious nation that ever inhabited this Earth…” -John Adams “What is a Jew?…The Jew is that sacred being who has brought down from heaven the everlasting fire and has illuminated with…

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23 May 2014

Bemidbar 5774: Whole in One The book of Bemidbar describes the desert sojourns of the nation of Israel upon leaving Mount Sinai. In these travels, the nation no longer congregates around a holy mountain, but is arranged in a camp setting at 42 different stations over 40 years. Each…

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