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The Sins of a Leader

5 Adar II 5774 – March 6, 2014
Nasi is the generic word for a leader: a ruler, king, judge, elder, or prince. Usually it refers to the holder of political power.

We Are Family

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.

Pekudei: a Giant Chiasm in Sefer Shmot

28 Adar I 5774 – February 28, 2014
How do the pieces of this puzzle come together to help us understand how the Torah builds together?

Celebrating by Walking Tall

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

The Erev Shabbos Call

28 Adar I 5774 – February 27, 2014
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.

Breakfast And Happiness (Part V)

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.

Vayakhel: What Does It Mean To Be Tzelem Elokim?

21 Adar I 5774 – February 21, 2014
This exciting and daring video and challenges us to be more God-like in our actions.

Creating a Team that Builds

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

A Tale Of Two Todds

21 Adar I 5774 – February 20, 2014
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.

Ki Tisa: Moshe’s Benevolent Chutzpah

14 Adar I 5774 – February 14, 2014
The Jewish people commit the worst sin possible - worshiping a false god.

Restoring Order and Maintaining Peace

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

Above And Beyond

14 Adar I 5774 – February 13, 2014
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.

Tetzaveh: Where Is God in a Physical World?

7 Adar I 5774 – February 7, 2014
How can God be both outside of space and time, and in our physical world?

Celestial Reunion

7 Adar I 5774 – February 6, 2014
The exact details of that nocturnal levayah have long since faded from my memory. However, one poignant story shook me to the core of my being – and remains with me still.

The Counterpoint of Leadership

In Judaism, monarchy had little or no religious function.

Terumah: Is There a Face Hiding in the Mishkan?

30 Shevat 5774 – January 31, 2014
The mishkan represents the 'face' of God.

Thank you, Agudat Efrat

30 Shevat 5774 – January 30, 2014
There is not even a shadow of doubt that without Agudat Efrat’s help, this child would not have been born.

The Home We Build Together

So long as every crisis was dealt with by Moses and miracles, the Israelite default response was complaint.

Mishpatim: Female Servitude… Wait, What?

23 Shevat 5774 – January 24, 2014
Worse, a female child, being sold by her parents!

A Kidney For A Stranger

23 Shevat 5774 – January 23, 2014
Kidney transplants from a living donor are infinitely preferable over a transplant from a dead person. The chances of it being rejected by the body are much lower, the life expectancy of the newly transplanted kidney is twice as high, and the recipient’s life and diet can return to normal much faster.

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