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Shmiras Halashon In Jerusalem

She knew it wasn’t easy or pleasant to stand around asking for money and so many people were far worse off than she was.

Unshakable Faith

One must be honest and straight in business dealings and in any interchange involving another person, no matter what his color or creed.

The Spirituality Of Listening

There is something profoundly spiritual about listening-shema. It is the most effective form of conflict resolution I know.

It´s A Small World After All

So I feel especially blessed that I have experienced both the small world phenomenon and the pre-destined shidduch reality, all in one obviously bashert bit of matchmaking.

The Power Of Why

Most people talk about what. Some people talk about how. Great leaders, though, start with why. This is what makes them transformative.

To 120: Growing Old, Staying Young

There is something moving about seeing Moses, at almost 120, looking forward as well as back, sharing his wisdom with the young, teaching us that while the body may age, the spirit can stay young

Jewish Practice In The U.S. Military (III)

Dr. Goldman went from testifying as an expert witness to being the defendant. Could it have been because of his yamulke?

A Jewish Burial – Whatever The Price

After several sleepless days, the team had been able to speak with the Guamanian and United States funeral homes, the airline, and the widow.

Mitzvah Brings Mitzvah

Somehow, though I loved being in Israel, I didn’t feel that way at all.

What Makes God Laugh

Pagan prophets like Bilam had not yet learned the lesson we must all one day learn: What matters is not that God does what we want, but that we do what He wants.

A Time To Cry

Although Har Hazeitim is traditionally considered one of the holy sites in Judaism, it’s also undeniably a hotbed of violence and vandalism, and consequently one of the most dangerous venues in all of Israel.

A Home For A Diamond

There didn’t seem any point in having the diamonds removed and each of us taking one; what would we do with it?

Faith is the Joy of Religious Doubt and Uncertainty-Part II

Faith means that we worship and praise God before we affirm His existence; we respond before we question

Look At The Accuser, Not The Accused

If you seek to understand an accusation, look at the accuser, not the accused. That is the key to the Korach affair and to understanding anti-Semitism.

Rebbetzin Yemima’s Remedy For Unblocked Blessing

To add to her distress, this close friend has a lifetime history of complications in her relationship with her mother, her only living parent. Thus, she struggles without the benefit of family support.

Change of Faith?

Originally, Judaism was highly unorthodox. While it always believed in God and Torah, it never offered any specifics of what God meant or what Torah consisted of.

Jewish Practice In The U.S. Military (II)

Mitchell Geller was inducted as a Jewish chaplain; a rabbi and a beard go hand in hand. To tell a rabbi to take off his beard would be akin to telling a Catholic Father to remove his collar.

Big Bear Memories

We were fortunate enough to have our brother-in-law, sister-in-law and their children fly out from the east coast and join us for one such summer expedition. And it subsequently turned out to be by far the most memorable of all.

Expanding Freedom

Despite the Divine anger, the people were not condemned to permanent exile. They simply had to face the fact that their children would achieve what they themselves were not ready for.

The Kotel: Have We Gone Mad? A Call to All Denominations and...

My suggestion: Restore the Kotel to its former state, a place where all are welcome and used solely for individual prayer and meditation, just as our ancestors treated it throughout our long history.

Reframing

Admittedly, it is much easier to see the potential of a toilet paper roll if one has worked in a nursery school, or as a camp counselor, art teacher or creative stay-at-home Mom.

Longing To Be A Saint

According to Maimonides there is not one model of the virtuous life, but two. He calls them, respectively, the way of the saint (chassid) and the sage (chacham).

Cherries, Anyone?

Mommie was distressed because praying for the welfare of her dear family was the foundation of her belief in HaKodesh Boruch Hu, whom she served everyday of her life in innocence and in purity.

Der Mensch Tracht…

Although I spontaneously burst out crying that my beloved Tatty was no more, part of me acknowledged that positive development as well.

Jewish Practice In The U.S. Military (I)

The story of Air Force Chaplain Rabbi Geller's options concerning his beard: "Either you go to the barber shop or you go to jail."

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