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Man Plans…

I was dumbstruck. I couldn’t help but laugh. Here we thought the idea was my husband’s but obviously the idea came from somewhere else.

The Power Of Shame

Social media brought about a return to an ancient phenomenon, public shaming providing us a way of understanding the otherwise bewildering phenomenon of tsara’at,

Guard Your Influence (V)

This Torah family, despite being in mourning, truly understood the value of every act and how it could change the world.

The Family Of Man

Baruch Hashem, I have plenty of family in Israel, but Miriam’s host was not “family” per se, though her host would differ with me on this fact, rather someone whose family had an impact on me over 50 years ago!

The Sign Of The Covenant

The sedrah of Tazria begins with the law of circumcision Why this physical mark on the flesh? What does it tell us about the nature of Jewish identity?

Parshas Ha’mann

Their father had been deported to a forced labor camp at the beginning of the Holocaust. He was never seen again.

To Eat, Or Not To Eat

What is the logic of kashrut? And why are they placed here in parshat Shemini? AND what is their connection with the sanctuary?

One Seder Plate Too Many

He hadn’t even bothered to think of a plausible excuse as to why they had suddenly found a spare Seder dish and he hoped they wouldn’t ask him any questions.

Understanding Sacrifice

What was sacrifice in Judaism and why does it remain important, at least as an idea, even today?

Finding Clara

We were pleasantly surprised, just after my wife lit the Shabbos candles, when Sonja’s face lit up and she exclaimed, “I remember my mother doing that!”

Guard Your Influence (IV)

At its worst, nearly 200,000 'fare-beaters' daily entered NY City's transit system without paying

Five Minutes

The fact that I was in a hurry made me think I should just take the card from him and open it for him.

On The Move

Like our bodies, our souls were not made for sitting still. We were made for moving, learning, searching, striving, growing

Kaparah

After all, the exact amount one will make throughout the year is determined on Rosh Hashanah. It was only during Rosh Hashanah davening that I realized exactly what the kaparah was for.

The Sabbath: First Or Last Day?

For G-d, the Sabbath was the last day of the week; for human beings, it was the first.

Miracles at the Kotel

The woman closest to her smiled and said, "I'm not, but my great grandmother was, and I like Jewish people."

The Closeness Of God

The paradox of Jewish spirituality: No religion holds God higher, but none feels Him closer

Crossing The Abyss When The Bridge Was Out

Where could we go? There was no shelter anywhere! But then we noticed a small white house beside an old red barn hiding behind the trees.

An Apt Shidduch

One evening, that young man ‘happened’ to leave just as I did, and he chivalrously offered to walk me to my bus stop.

The Gift Of Giving

Why did God command Israel to make a sanctuary for Him? Shouldn't it be unnecessary? The Golden Calf

To Believe

A Job…good girls… “I’ll get one,” I whispered furtively to Blankie. “I’ll be one of those good girls.”

Guard Your Influence (III)

How the "Broken Windows Theory" helped solve graffiti on NYC subways and led to a more orderly NYC.

Doing And Hearing

The only way to understand life is by living itL "Na’aseh venishma//We will do and we will obey.”

Statistical Probability In Real Time

He handed it to me and hmm… yes, it was definitely a private check book left unattended, with a woman’s name, address, and phone number printed at the top.

Einat Desired Life

The day finally came, and with great anticipation and joy, both Einat and her husband went to the hospital.

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