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The Curse of Religious Boredom

13 Heshvan 5777 – November 13, 2016
In biblical days, the prophets were astir while the world was sleeping. Today, the world is astir while the synagogues are sleeping. Blessed are the young people who are waking up.

On Being A Jewish Parent

10 Heshvan 5777 – November 11, 2016
The most influential man who ever lived, does not appear on any list I have seen of the hundred most influential men in history. He ruled no empire, commanded no army, His name, of course, is Abraham

Passing The Torch

10 Heshvan 5777 – November 10, 2016
I explained to him that Hashem does not give a person something to deal with that they cannot handle.

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I teach our students that nothing happens by chance and certainly that includes a raffle drawing. Hashem is running the world and everything that happens in it.

A Supreme Act Of Love Revisited

3 Heshvan 5777 – November 3, 2016
What happened to Robert Najberg’s mother? I have no clue; I can’t find any information.

Traveling With Grace

Edy turned around and saw that her sister was trapped underneath the trolley that had rolled on top of her.

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

28 Tishri 5777 – October 30, 2016
The Air Force’s defense was that the Constitution only protected a genuine religious law; not a personal preference. Wearing a yarmulke, they argued, was not the law.

Merigolda’s Miracle

26 Tishri 5777 – October 27, 2016
To not keep Shabbos and not honor her parents seemed too much of a price to pay for a job she didn’t really like.

The Prayer For Fish

With nothing pressing on their duty roster, Rabbi Avi was convinced by the boys to try to catch fish at the river nearby.

The Deliberately Flawed Divine Torah: The Theology of the Halachic Loophole

I believe that the Torah is often morally, deeply, and deliberately flawed, and that furthermore, God Himself intentionally made it flawed. It is the latter issue that I will discuss in this essay.

Simchat Torah: The Rush and the Stagnation

21 Tishri 5777 – October 23, 2016
The possibility of chidushm - looking into the same text with new eyes - is crucial. The call for new interpretations, not just repeating what has been said, is fundamental to genuine Torah learning

Special Delivery

20 Tishri 5777 – October 21, 2016
Despite our age difference and the fact that they were newly married and we were expecting our fourth child, the newcomers and us hit it off well.

The Universality Of Sukkot

Sukkot is the most universalistic of all festivals. At the same time, however, it is the most particularist of festivals. When we sit in the sukkah, we recall Jewish history

The Remarkable Paradox of Sukkot

14 Tishri 5777 – October 16, 2016
The Sukkah represents our life span on earth. For what is a Sukkah but a frail structure which we need to dwell in for 7 days and these 7 days represent man’s average life span of about seventy years

The Family Breakfront

12 Tishri 5777 – October 14, 2016
The significance of the two identical sums, the one he had just lent his friend and the reduced fee for the moving wasn’t lost on Shlomo

Sukkot For Our Time

The heart of Sukkot is to know that life is full of risk and yet to affirm it, to sense the full insecurity of the human situation and yet to rejoice in it. Chag Sameach!

To Renew Our Days

5 Tishri 5777 – October 7, 2016
The last two commands of the Torah, mentioned in this week's parsha-Hakhel and the command to write, or at take part in writing, a Sefer Torah-are about renewal, first collective, then individual.

Ordered Back To Life

5 Tishri 5777 – October 6, 2016
He quietly related to the avreich how during the time he was without pulse or heartbeat he had ascended to the Heavens and was met by his deceased relatives.

Inspiration: Major Component of Emunah

Sometimes we are inspired by the simple sweet kindness and patience of a total stranger.

What is There in a Sound That Words Cannot Express — and Why Do...

What is there in the sound of the shofar that words can't express? The blowing of the shofar proves we can surpass ourselves. By our own voice we cannot produce this penetrating terrifying resonance

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