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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.

On The Move

Like our bodies, our souls were not made for sitting still. We were made for moving, learning, searching, striving, growing

Kaparah

24 Adar I 5776 – March 3, 2016
After all, the exact amount one will make throughout the year is determined on Rosh Hashanah. It was only during Rosh Hashanah davening that I realized exactly what the kaparah was for.

The Sabbath: First Or Last Day?

For G-d, the Sabbath was the last day of the week; for human beings, it was the first.

Miracles at the Kotel

17 Adar I 5776 – February 25, 2016
The woman closest to her smiled and said, "I'm not, but my great grandmother was, and I like Jewish people."

The Closeness Of God

The paradox of Jewish spirituality: No religion holds God higher, but none feels Him closer

Crossing The Abyss When The Bridge Was Out

10 Adar I 5776 – February 18, 2016
Where could we go? There was no shelter anywhere! But then we noticed a small white house beside an old red barn hiding behind the trees.

An Apt Shidduch

3 Adar I 5776 – February 11, 2016
One evening, that young man ‘happened’ to leave just as I did, and he chivalrously offered to walk me to my bus stop.

The Gift Of Giving

Why did God command Israel to make a sanctuary for Him? Shouldn't it be unnecessary? The Golden Calf

To Believe

26 Shevat 5776 – February 4, 2016
A Job…good girls… “I’ll get one,” I whispered furtively to Blankie. “I’ll be one of those good girls.”

Guard Your Influence (III)

How the "Broken Windows Theory" helped solve graffiti on NYC subways and led to a more orderly NYC.

Doing And Hearing

The only way to understand life is by living itL "Na’aseh venishma//We will do and we will obey.”

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