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Spirits In A Material World

God is found in this world, not just the next. To grow spiritually, first satisfy material needs.

Turning Curses Into Blessings

Jewish history isn't just Jews enduring catastrophes but renewing themselves after every disaster

On Not Predicting The Future

HaShem wanted the Israelites to become a living testimony to the power of freedom.

Reframing

Joseph reframed his entire past, now understanding himself charged with a life-saving mission by God

Changing And Growing: Judah Sets The Standard

t was not Joseph but Judah who conferred his identity on the people; Judah who became the ancestor of Israel’s greatest king, David; Judah from whom the messiah will be born. Why Judah and not Joseph? The answer undoubtedly lies in the beginning of Parshat Vayigash,

Do Not Shame: Tamar’s Righteous Lesson

Tamar realizes Judah has no intention of giving her his last son. Now trapped-an agunah-she acts

Jacob’s Justifiable Distress

“Jacob was very afraid and distressed.” His fear was physical-fear of death. His distress was moral.

A Father’s Love

It's not difficult understanding why Rebecca loved Jacob, the real question's why Isaac loved Esau?

The Almighty’s Supreme Call To Man

Torah is neither a book of history nor science, it is, first and last, a book about how to live.

The Universality Of Sukkot

Sukkot's the only festival sharing the pilgrimage cycle & part of Tishrei sequence-hence, double JOY

Torah As Song

“We received Torah from Moses” or “from our parents” isn't enough. We must write our "own" scroll

The Pursuit Of Joy

Happiness is not the central value of the Torah. Occurring ten times more is the word "simcha," JOY

To The Third And Fourth Generations

If we parents fail to honor responsibilities then society’s children will pay the price for our sins

The Hope And Promise Of Prophecy

Moshe wasn't the last of the prophets. How would Israel discern his true successors from the false?

Greatness Is Humility

Three moments, sharing the same message, made a deep impression on me: Greatness is humility.

The Poet And Mystic Vs. The Philosopher

Amongst the greatest disagreements in Judaism is the understanding of the 1st of the 10 Commandments

The Prophets’ Influence

"When a king dies his power ends; when a prophet dies his influence begins" & their words echo today

The Lighting Of Candles

Sharing influence is like lighting a candle with another: it doesn't mean having less; you have more

Dwelling Alone And Beating The Odds

All agree that Jews ARE different. How? Why? The Bible's answer is surprising and profound.

The Need For Chukkim

Of Chukkim “Satan and the nations of the world made fun.” They may appear irrational & superstitious

True Conflict Resolution

Heaven answered Moshe dramatically. He was proved right. End of revolt. End of story- Not at all...

The Hidden Spirituality Of Tzitzit

There's no obligation TO wear tzitzit; opting to wear them symbolizes free acceptance of the mitzvot

The Covenants Of Fate And Destiny

Sadly, we're no longer an edah; We've fissured and fractured: Orthodox & Reform; religious & secular

The Proper Use Of Power

This week's parshah inspired the Jubilee 2000 initiative leading to debt cancellation of $34 biilion

Blood, Idolatry, Or War

Rambam: Eating blood's forbidden because connected to idolatry;Ramban: We're affected by what we eat

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