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Big Bear Memories

25 Sivan 5776 – June 30, 2016
We were fortunate enough to have our brother-in-law, sister-in-law and their children fly out from the east coast and join us for one such summer expedition. And it subsequently turned out to be by far the most memorable of all.

Expanding Freedom

Despite the Divine anger, the people were not condemned to permanent exile. They simply had to face the fact that their children would achieve what they themselves were not ready for.

The Kotel: Have We Gone Mad? A Call to All Denominations and...

My suggestion: Restore the Kotel to its former state, a place where all are welcome and used solely for individual prayer and meditation, just as our ancestors treated it throughout our long history.

Reframing

11 Sivan 5776 – June 16, 2016
Admittedly, it is much easier to see the potential of a toilet paper roll if one has worked in a nursery school, or as a camp counselor, art teacher or creative stay-at-home Mom.

Longing To Be A Saint

According to Maimonides there is not one model of the virtuous life, but two. He calls them, respectively, the way of the saint (chassid) and the sage (chacham).

Cherries, Anyone?

4 Sivan 5776 – June 9, 2016
Mommie was distressed because praying for the welfare of her dear family was the foundation of her belief in HaKodesh Boruch Hu, whom she served everyday of her life in innocence and in purity.

Der Mensch Tracht…

Although I spontaneously burst out crying that my beloved Tatty was no more, part of me acknowledged that positive development as well.

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

28 Iyyar 5776 – June 5, 2016
The story of Air Force Chaplain Rabbi Geller's options concerning his beard: "Either you go to the barber shop or you go to jail."

A Meeting Made In Heaven

26 Iyyar 5776 – June 2, 2016
Pinchas told his friend how he had felt that he would need to be with someone he knew to help him and his mother through a very difficult Shabbat. Hashem granted him and his mother this chesed.

Eternal Israel

Without belief in the covenant, there would be no State of Israel or any significant Jewish history after the Holocaust. Jews kept hope alive; Hope kept the Jewish people alive.

Seeing Red

19 Iyyar 5776 – May 26, 2016
“One of the drivers is nearby right now, and will pick you up between 9:05 and 9:07!” Very good tidings indeed. Except for the fact that I was then distributing freshly washed laundry while listening to the 9 PM News.

Free Worship

What is the difference between philosophy and the political vision at the heart of Tanach? The answer lies in their different understandings of time.

There Are Many Ways To Get What You Want

12 Iyyar 5776 – May 19, 2016
Dani unwrapped the book and was very happy as it was exactly what he wanted.

Sukkot’s Uniqueness

In a way not shared by any other festival, Sukkot celebrates the dual nature of Jewish faith: the universality of G-d and the particularity of Jewish existence.

In Search Of Jewish Identity

5 Iyyar 5776 – May 13, 2016
As Jews became defined by religion, Christians could work to convert them--You can change your religion but you cannot change your race

Shabbos Energy

5 Iyyar 5776 – May 12, 2016
Apart from that, the Oneg was a great success with inspiring divrei Torah and singing until late.

Guard Your Influence (Conclusion)

28 Nisan 5776 – May 6, 2016
It is quite a mind-shift to look at your life from the future. This entails thinking about your greatest legacy, how will one be remembered?

“My Triplets”

21 Nisan 5776 – April 28, 2016
We were reintroduced and Leah warmly welcomed me to ask what was in my heart. Her genuine warmth and sweet loving smile overwhelmed me.

Forged By Fire

14 Nisan 5776 – April 21, 2016
Though dozens of beautiful and memorable Pesachs have passed since that fateful chag thirty-five years ago, the memory of that tragic Yom Tov is forever engrained in our family’s collective memory.

Man Plans…

7 Nisan 5776 – April 14, 2016
I was dumbstruck. I couldn’t help but laugh. Here we thought the idea was my husband’s but obviously the idea came from somewhere else.

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