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The Best Songwriter

27 Elul 5776 – September 29, 2016
G-d willing more people will realize that prayer is a powerful spiritual drug.

The Mourning Dove Lesson Of Emunah

20 Elul 5776 – September 22, 2016
Leah and Benyamin were both so used to being independent that Leah did not consider asking anyone for help.

We Are What We Remember

We are what we remember, and the first-fruits declaration was a way of ensuring that Jews would never forget.

No Accident

13 Elul 5776 – September 15, 2016
I said that we could call the baby Natanel Yisrael, but my husband felt that the name would be too long. (I don’t know why he said that because we already had a child with a six-syllable name.)

The Limits Of Love

The opening three laws of this parsha- a captive woman taken in war, the law about the rights of the firstborn, and the “stubborn and rebellious son” – are all about dysfunctions within the family.

Pursuing Justice

6 Elul 5776 – September 8, 2016
Judaism is a religion of compassion, for without compassion law itself can generate inequity. Justice plus compassion equals tzedek, the first precondition of a decent society.

A Tree Amongst The Righteous

Shlomo explained that these were non-Jewish people who had risked their lives and the lives of their families, for no reward whatsoever, by hiding and saving Jews during the Holocaust.

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

29 Av 5776 – September 2, 2016
Law-abiding, mild-mannered, Rabbi Dr. (Psychology) Simcha Goldman was unprepared to obey the direct order of his commander that he could NOT wear his yarmulke outside the hospital. Strike 2 on Goldman

The Power Of Prayer

29 Av 5776 – September 1, 2016
Her biggest nightmare revolved around those dreaded three letters that instilled fear and trepidation into even the bravest of men: I R S.

The Deep Power Of Joy

In Judaism, joy is the supreme religious emotion. Moses says again and again that joy is what we should feel in the land of Israel, the land given to us by God.

Shmiras Halashon In Jerusalem

22 Av 5776 – August 25, 2016
She knew it wasn’t easy or pleasant to stand around asking for money and so many people were far worse off than she was.

Unshakable Faith

One must be honest and straight in business dealings and in any interchange involving another person, no matter what his color or creed.

The Spirituality Of Listening

There is something profoundly spiritual about listening-shema. It is the most effective form of conflict resolution I know.

It´s A Small World After All

15 Av 5776 – August 18, 2016
So I feel especially blessed that I have experienced both the small world phenomenon and the pre-destined shidduch reality, all in one obviously bashert bit of matchmaking.

The Power Of Why

Most people talk about what. Some people talk about how. Great leaders, though, start with why. This is what makes them transformative.

To 120: Growing Old, Staying Young

8 Av 5776 – August 11, 2016
There is something moving about seeing Moses, at almost 120, looking forward as well as back, sharing his wisdom with the young, teaching us that while the body may age, the spirit can stay young

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

1 Av 5776 – August 5, 2016
Dr. Goldman went from testifying as an expert witness to being the defendant. Could it have been because of his yamulke?

A Jewish Burial – Whatever The Price

1 Av 5776 – August 4, 2016
After several sleepless days, the team had been able to speak with the Guamanian and United States funeral homes, the airline, and the widow.

Mitzvah Brings Mitzvah

23 Tammuz 5776 – July 28, 2016
Somehow, though I loved being in Israel, I didn’t feel that way at all.

What Makes God Laugh

16 Tammuz 5776 – July 21, 2016
Pagan prophets like Bilam had not yet learned the lesson we must all one day learn: What matters is not that God does what we want, but that we do what He wants.

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