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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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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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Cows in the Emek Yizrael valley. (illustrative)
 

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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Posted on: March 20th, 2014

JudaismColumnsLessons In Emunah

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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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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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.

It's a goat's tale.
 

Posted on: March 7th, 2014

JudaismColumnsRabbi David Fohrman

Welcome the book of Leviticus!

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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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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.

 

Posted on: February 28th, 2014

JudaismColumnsRabbi David Fohrman

How do the pieces of this puzzle come together to help us understand how the Torah builds together?

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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.

 

Posted on: February 27th, 2014

JudaismColumnsLessons In Emunah

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.

 

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.

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Posted on: February 21st, 2014

JudaismColumnsRabbi David Fohrman

This exciting and daring video and challenges us to be more God-like in our actions.

 

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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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.

 

Posted on: February 14th, 2014

JudaismColumnsRabbi David Fohrman

The Jewish people commit the worst sin possible - worshiping a false god.

 

Posted on: February 14th, 2014

JudaismColumnsRabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

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

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Posted on: February 13th, 2014

JudaismColumnsLessons In Emunah

Shimon’s early years were not easy ones. His mother struggled to support both of them. She never acquired the knowledge needed to help her son through school years filled with homework and tests.

 

Posted on: February 7th, 2014

JudaismColumnsRabbi David Fohrman

How can God be both outside of space and time, and in our physical world?

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