07 Oct 2016

Download a printer friendly version here. “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment. ”  – Ralph Waldo Emerson Yom Kippur is not generally ranked as the most positive and uplifting of our festivals. It is certainly a serious…

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19 Sep 2014

“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans”. — John Lennon, “Beautiful Boy” Moshe’s days are ending and, as his passionate words to his beloved people reach their crescendo, he implores us to “Choose Life, so that you may live!” (30:19) At first glance, it…

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12 Sep 2014

Perashat Ki Tabo opens with a unique mitzvah that we have not been able to fulfill for 2,000 years. G-d asks us to bring our first fruits grown in the Land of Israel to the Bet Mikdash (Holy Temple) and present it to the kohen. We are then to…

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05 Sep 2014

“Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler”.— Albert Einstein  Reality is complex. The subtleties presented to us in our daily lives are often more than we care to acknowledge. Relationships that we have with others may be multifaceted and require special sensitivities when interacting, or…

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29 Aug 2014

Don’t take bribes, for bribes blind the eyes of the wise and make crooked the path of the righteous. (16:19) Faithfulness and integrity are essential ingredients for building an ethical life. Having integrity means that we are consistent in doing what is right even when no one is watching. Bribes…

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22 Aug 2014

“For I did not speak to your fathers on the day that I freed them from Egypt about offerings and sacrifices.” (Yirmiyah 7:22)  There are points in Moshe’s swan song that get technical. In perashat Re’eh Moshe details no less than 55 commandments that are to become part of…

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