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Parshat Emor

08 May 2015 | 0 comments

The Litmus Test Today, most of the topics that are debated in the world can be placed in the category of apparent truths. The ideas are either right or wrong or good or bad. This is in contrast to the discussions in the academic world where the end result is either true or false, for […]

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Parshat Vayikra – G-d is Calling!

20 Mar 2015 | 0 comments

G-d is Calling! The five books of Moses each have a specific name. The English names are not a direct translation of the Hebrew names. The English names are one word that summarizes the main thrust of the book. For example, the book of Genesis is the story about the beginning of the world and […]

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Protectors of the Lost Ark – Vayakel – Pekudai

13 Mar 2015 | 0 comments

We all know about the raiders of the lost ark. In reading through this week’s Torah portion, I came across another set of heroes, the protectors of the lost ark. In the description of how the Jewish people built the ark, the verse reads “and he made two golden cherubim, he made them of hammered […]

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About Face – Ki Tisa

06 Mar 2015 | 0 comments

Don’t turn around, this is about THE face. In this week’s Torah portion we are told the process of G-d communicating with Moses and how exactly it happened. It took place at the Tabernacle (dubbed the tent of meeting due to its function.) and Moses entered the tent. The signal that a meeting was going […]

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Under Cover – Tetzaveh

27 Feb 2015 | 0 comments

They say that a suit makes the man. Perhaps this is a fundamental flaw in the world’s “evaluation” system. People looking for that instant makeover are convinced it will come if they find the right sale at the mall as opposed to concentrating on truly making themselves over, from the inside out. In this week’s […]

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Punctuate – Parshat Mishpatim

12 Feb 2015 | 0 comments

Punctuate – Governments have forever struggled to find the perfect balance between ruling the people and giving people the space to live. The ability to synthesize regulation and autonomy has eluded leaders since the beginning of time. Over-regulation stifles our growth and not enough oversight allows for greed and corruption to flourish and thrive. This […]

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Relate – Parshat Yitro

06 Feb 2015 | 0 comments

Relate – Communication is very important. We often get into unneeded squabbles because we don’t understand what somebody else wants or needs. Too many friendships and relationships are broken due to the inability for our messages to get across. What is even more disturbing is when we understand the wishes of those who we are […]

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Birth of the Kvetcher – Parshat Beshalach

30 Jan 2015 | 0 comments

If you kvetch, the dictionary will tell you that you incessantly complain and if you are a kvetcher, you would be someone who constantly complains. It’s really an old Yiddish word, but due to its great sound and way it rolls off the tongue, popular culture added it to the English language. Rooted in Yiddish […]

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Faithful Shepherd – Revisited

08 Jan 2015 | 0 comments

Faithful Shepherd or Shepherd of Faith? There is something truly beautiful about language. The words that make up a language can have multiple meanings both independently and as parts of a sentence, and when translating words there can be various understandings and interpretations. Moshe, the first leader of the Jewish people, was a called a “Raya […]

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On Being Brothers – Parshat Vayechi

02 Jan 2015 | 0 comments

At the end of his life, Jacob called together his family for one last meeting. He used the opportunity to personally bless each of his 12 children with their own unique blessing. Each child received a blessing that matched his personality. Many of the symbols that the tribes used as their “branding” came from the […]

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