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The Lost Siddur

9 Shevat 5774 – January 9, 2014
When my very busy friend and former neighbor called to say, “I have a story to tell you,” I knew it had to be a good one. I wasn’t disappointed.

Looking Up

A fundamental principle of leadership is being taught here.

What’s In A Name?

2 Shevat 5774 – January 2, 2014
Parents possess divine inspiration (ruach haKodesh) when naming their children. In instances wherein a child is named after a departed loved one, we take great care in our choice – in the belief that the best character traits of the person we are honoring will be reflected in our precious progeny’s actions.

Education: the Key to Success

Moses did not speak about today or tomorrow. He spoke about the distant future.

Vaera: Did God Take Away Pharoah’s Free Will?

24 Tevet 5774 – December 27, 2013
How could He do such a thing?

Breakfast And Happiness (Part III)

24 Tevet 5774 – December 26, 2013
“I never said I have nothing to complain about,” she intoned with an expression that belied her age. “I just don’t see the wisdom of protesting. I am fine and I am being adequately nourished.” And with that she went back to her cereal.

Family Ties

Not long after my mother died, I was sitting on campus talking with a friend and mentioned that it had been a long time since I had seen a frog. I used to love going out into the garden with my mother and our St. Bernard dog in the autumn evenings and see the frogs come out. I have a thing about frogs – probably from reading too many fairy tales.

Shmot: If Midrash is Real, Why Isn’t It Peshat?

17 Tevet 5774 – December 20, 2013
We need to put ourselves into the eyes of Pharaoh's daughter.

Six Heroic Women

16 Tevet 5774 – December 19, 2013
six heroines, six courageous women without whom there would not have been a Moses.

The Peace-Loving Principal

16 Tevet 5774 – December 18, 2013
One thing Meir couldn’t abide was machloket. He would fight wholeheartedly on behalf of his pupils in a situation involving a dispute – but not so if it was political, educational, or religious in nature.

Vayechi: Who Is Joseph’s Real Father?

10 Tevet 5774 – December 13, 2013
When Joseph agrees to bury Jacob in Canaan, Jacob bows to him in relief - why?

Winter Wonderland

10 Tevet 5774 – December 12, 2013
We had inadvertently parked in the lot of a nearby church...

Generations Forget and Remember

It is not difficult to understand the care Joseph took to ensure that Jacob would bless the firstborn first.

Vayigash: The Epic Confrontation Between Judah and Joseph

3 Tevet 5774 – December 6, 2013
A fascinating Biblical echo

Two Weddings

3 Tevet 5774 – December 5, 2013
The wedding was going full blast, with the joyful Jewish music playing. The sound of the violin awoke unfulfilled longings and triggered moisture in the eyes.

Breakfast and Happiness (II)

26 Kislev 5774 – November 29, 2013
One of the ancillary axioms of cornflake fights is that they can never be contained between just two warring parties.

Miketz: Why Didn’t Joseph Write Home?

This new perspective helps us understand Joseph.

The Power of Dreams

25 Kislev 5774 – November 28, 2013
Joseph may have known ancient Egyptian traditions about seven-year famines.

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