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The Limits Of Love

12 Elul 5776 – September 15, 2016
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.

The Deep Power Of Joy

28 Av 5776 – September 1, 2016
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.

The Spirituality Of Listening

22 Av 5776 – August 25, 2016
There is something profoundly spiritual about listening-shema. It is the most effective form of conflict resolution I know.

The Power Of Why

14 Av 5776 – August 18, 2016
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

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.

Look At The Accuser, Not The Accused

2 Tammuz 5776 – July 7, 2016
If you seek to understand an accusation, look at the accuser, not the accused. That is the key to the Korach affair and to understanding anti-Semitism.

Expanding Freedom

24 Sivan 5776 – June 30, 2016
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.

Longing To Be A Saint

11 Sivan 5776 – June 16, 2016
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).

Eternal Israel

25 Iyyar 5776 – June 2, 2016
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.

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.

Sukkot’s Uniqueness

11 Iyyar 5776 – May 19, 2016
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

The Power Of Shame

7 Nisan 5776 – April 14, 2016
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,

The Sign Of The Covenant

28 Adar II 5776 – April 7, 2016
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?

To Eat, Or Not To Eat

21 Adar II 5776 – March 31, 2016
What is the logic of kashrut? And why are they placed here in parshat Shemini? AND what is their connection with the sanctuary?

Understanding Sacrifice

15 Adar II 5776 – March 24, 2016
What was sacrifice in Judaism and why does it remain important, at least as an idea, even today?

On The Move

1 Adar II 5776 – March 10, 2016
Like our bodies, our souls were not made for sitting still. We were made for moving, learning, searching, striving, growing

The Sabbath: First Or Last Day?

23 Adar I 5776 – March 3, 2016
For G-d, the Sabbath was the last day of the week; for human beings, it was the first.

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