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Free Worship

19 Iyyar 5776 – May 26, 2016
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.

The Power Of Shame

Social media brought about a return to an ancient phenomenon, public shaming providing us a way of understanding the otherwise bewildering phenomenon of tsara’at,

Guard Your Influence (V)

29 Adar II 5776 – April 8, 2016
This Torah family, despite being in mourning, truly understood the value of every act and how it could change the world.

The Family Of Man

29 Adar II 5776 – April 7, 2016
Baruch Hashem, I have plenty of family in Israel, but Miriam’s host was not “family” per se, though her host would differ with me on this fact, rather someone whose family had an impact on me over 50 years ago!

The Sign Of The Covenant

The sedrah of Tazria begins with the law of circumcision Why this physical mark on the flesh? What does it tell us about the nature of Jewish identity?

Parshas Ha’mann

22 Adar II 5776 – March 31, 2016
Their father had been deported to a forced labor camp at the beginning of the Holocaust. He was never seen again.

To Eat, Or Not To Eat

What is the logic of kashrut? And why are they placed here in parshat Shemini? AND what is their connection with the sanctuary?

One Seder Plate Too Many

15 Adar II 5776 – March 24, 2016
He hadn’t even bothered to think of a plausible excuse as to why they had suddenly found a spare Seder dish and he hoped they wouldn’t ask him any questions.

Understanding Sacrifice

What was sacrifice in Judaism and why does it remain important, at least as an idea, even today?

Finding Clara

8 Adar II 5776 – March 17, 2016
We were pleasantly surprised, just after my wife lit the Shabbos candles, when Sonja’s face lit up and she exclaimed, “I remember my mother doing that!”

Guard Your Influence (IV)

1 Adar II 5776 – March 11, 2016
At its worst, nearly 200,000 'fare-beaters' daily entered NY City's transit system without paying

Five Minutes

1 Adar II 5776 – March 10, 2016
The fact that I was in a hurry made me think I should just take the card from him and open it for him.

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