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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

The Sin Offering

Why should unintentional sins require atonement? What guilt exists when requisite intent is lacking?

The Space We Create For G-d

Like Shabbat points to something beyond time, the people Israel points to something beyond history

The Sabbath: First Or Last Day?

The Sabbath is a full dress rehearsal for an ideal society that has not yet come to pass-but will

Whose Footsteps Do We Follow When We Pray?

Jewish prayer is a convergence of 2 modes of biblical spirituality, exemplified by Moses and Aaron

A Portable Home

With the synagogue, "Judaism created one of the greatest revolutions in the history of religion"

The Universality Of Wisdom

By wisdom, we come to understand G-d via creation; By Torah we understand G-d through His revelation

The Role Of Time In Social Transformation

Torah opposes slavery; G-d desires the free worship of free human beings, yet slavery's permitted-?!

The Ninth Plague Shrouded In A Darkness Of Its Own

Pharaoh perverted symbols of life (the Nile and midwives) into agents of death.

The Cup Of Hope

The 5th cup is supported by a 5th expression of Deliverance: “And I will bring you to the land..."

Civil Disobedience

The first recorded instance of civil disobedience is the story of Shifra and Puah, defying Pharaoh

The White Lie

Truthfulness is a fundamental value in Jewish yet truth isn't its highest value. Peace is. Why so?

Generations Forget And Remember

Jacob’s blessing of Ephraim over Manasseh had nothing to do with age and everything to do with names

A Tale Of Two Women

Tamar’s conduct bears an uncanny resemblance to Ruth's; virtuous outsiders at the margins of society

Jacob’s Destiny, Israel’s Name

A Jew is an iconoclast, born to challenge the idols of the age,whatever the idols, whatever the age.

When The “I” Is Silent

Simply too many cases of prayers being answered to deny it makes a difference to our fate. It does.

The Other Face Of Esau

When Jacob was chosen, Esau was not rejected; G-d does not reject.

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