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Rabbi Sacks
 

To Ask Is To Grow

Posted on: April 14th, 2014

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In Judaism, to be without questions is a sign not of faith, but of lack of depth.

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What I Leaned From Playing Poker

Posted on: April 14th, 2014

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Two husbands were there to instruct us in Texas hold ‘em – and we needed them.

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My Father’s Photograph Of ‘Divine Providence’

Posted on: April 10th, 2014

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As his bomber lost altitude with the ground rushing up, my father remembered his last thought: “How am I going to get out of this?

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Sprints And Marathons

Posted on: April 10th, 2014

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You perpetuate a transformative event by turning it into a ritual.

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While I Was Sleeping

Posted on: April 3rd, 2014

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Even in the best of times, life is not free of calamity or crisis. But like the well-known Jewish expression goes: “It could be a lot worse.”

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The Master Plan: Scripted To Perfection

Posted on: March 27th, 2014

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Predictably, my husband agrees and is fine with either night. But after reminding him that he steadily delivers a shiur in his shul on Tuesday nights, he chooses Wednesday, offering a topic related to the Four Sons of Haggadah fame.

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Breakfast And Happiness (Part VI)

Posted on: March 26th, 2014

JudaismColumnsChodesh Tov/Rabbi Hanoch Teller

If you expect more, you will be less grateful; if you expect less, you will be more grateful.

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Shemini: Why Did God Reject Nadav and Avihu

Posted on: March 21st, 2014

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This week's parsha discusses the sudden and disturbing death of two of Aharon's sons, Nadav and Avihu

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The Rationale For The Dietary Laws

Posted on: March 20th, 2014

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The ritual of kashrut may help us become more conscious of our responsibilities to live ethical lives.

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Frogs Were Jumping Everywhere

Posted on: March 20th, 2014

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I insisted that one decoration, a dancing sevivon (dreidel) man, remain hanging in recognition of the chag. Some in my family questioned the appropriateness of this decision. Was it proper to have decorations hanging in what would soon become a house of shiva?

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Leading Well Begets Greatness

Posted on: March 20th, 2014

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There is much in this episode that is hard to understand, much that has to do with the concept of holiness and the powerful energies it released that, like nuclear power today, could be deadly dangerous if not properly used. But there is also a more human story about two approaches to leadership that still resonates with us today.

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Right On Time

Posted on: March 13th, 2014

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So this is what she got herself into: serving chicken soup and getting bits of rent on random days. She couldn’t say it wasn’t worth it, as she was earning both a chesed and a little bit of cash.

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The Sins of a Leader

Posted on: March 6th, 2014

JudaismColumnsRabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

Nasi is the generic word for a leader: a ruler, king, judge, elder, or prince. Usually it refers to the holder of political power.

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We Are Family

Posted on: March 6th, 2014

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He exhorted all of us to continue to reach out to one another each and every day because that is what our tafkid (life’s goal) should be. And because that is what Hashem requires of us.

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Celebrating by Walking Tall

Posted on: February 28th, 2014

JudaismColumnsRabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

The account of the construction of the Tabernacle in Vayakhel-Pekudei is built around the number seven.

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The Erev Shabbos Call

Posted on: February 27th, 2014

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It is my family’s minhag, for many generations, to light the candles 30 minutes before shekiah, as opposed to the commonly held custom of 20 minutes. So I told my husband that those 10 extra minutes should not be an issue.

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Breakfast And Happiness (Part V)

Posted on: February 27th, 2014

JudaismColumnsChodesh Tov/Rabbi Hanoch Teller

So goes the story about a man in the silly town of Chelm who visited a public bathhouse and found himself in a terrible predicament. Without the distinction of clothing, everyone looked alike. “Among all these men who look alike,” he said to himself, “how will I ever know which one is me?” He solved his dilemma by tying a red string around his big toe.

Rabbi Sacks
 

Creating a Team that Builds

Posted on: February 21st, 2014

JudaismColumnsRabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

Vayakhel is Moses’ response to the wild abandon of the crowd that gathered around Aaron and made the golden calf.

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A Tale Of Two Todds

Posted on: February 20th, 2014

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I was pretty open [and naïve] about accepting dating suggestions. There was the Israeli that spoke little English with whom I could barely communicate, the brilliant scholar who I discovered was manic depressive, the frum hippie that was still more hippie than frum, and a slew of others – all interesting, but not for me.

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Restoring Order and Maintaining Peace

Posted on: February 14th, 2014

JudaismColumnsRabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

Sometimes, despite your best efforts, you fail. Such is life.

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