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The Counterpoint of Leadership

In Judaism, monarchy had little or no religious function.

Thank you, Agudat Efrat

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?

Worse, a female child, being sold by her parents!

A Kidney For A Stranger

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.

Vision and Details

Two laws have to do with the Israelites’ experience of being an oppressed minority:

Breakfast And Happiness (Part IV)

In the campaign to rob a consumer of any sense of contentedness, which translates into sales, strategy is often focused on confusing need with want and the illusion of being dissatisfied.

The Politics of Revelation

Only in Judaism was God’s self-disclosure not to an individual or a group (the elders) but to an entire nation.

Brain Freeze

Once again neither of us had the tickets, but this time we knew to follow the unusual protocol and pick up our tickets at the airline counter. So we dutifully waited in line and requested our tickets. This time, however, no tickets awaited us.

Beshalach: What Does It Mean to Have Faith?

Why did Miriam lead the women of the nation in a second song?

The Lost Siddur

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?

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.

Breakfast And Happiness (Part III)

“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?

We need to put ourselves into the eyes of Pharaoh's daughter.

Six Heroic Women

six heroines, six courageous women without whom there would not have been a Moses.

The Peace-Loving Principal

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?

When Joseph agrees to bury Jacob in Canaan, Jacob bows to him in relief - why?

Winter Wonderland

We had inadvertently parked in the lot of a nearby church...

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