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Sincere And Everlasting

If one wins the lottery and is instantly transformed from pauper to millionaire, although at first he can hardly give enough charity, he soon acclimates to his new lifestyle.

Nothing Influences A Person More

This weeek's parsha teaches us two pillars of life...

Dreams, Naps & Promises

If I had Jacob's dream, I would not have been able to go back to sleep, and, I'd like to believe that I would have responded to the historic promises rather than make a conditional promise emphasizing bread and clothes. I would expect a "Thank You," from Jacob, instead of falling asleep and then playing "Let's Make A Deal,"

Redeeming Relevance: When a Brother is Not

Understanding relationships leading to understanding the parsha

Why Do Lubavitchers Do It?

What motivates Chabad emissaries? Yitzchak's work is also our work – to dig wells. To believe that under the dirt and dust and all the layers, there is clear, sweet water. Even if someone seems indifferent, distant, and cynical – even wicked – that is just an outer shell. Inside there is a soul, there is life.

Spreading the Gifts of Monotheism

Sexual ethics are a practical lesson of monotheism, of a belief in the Creator of Heaven and Earth. Without a God, the contemporary Western idea of consenting adults doing whatever does not harm anyone makes perfect sense; part of what the Jewish people learned from our Patriarchs and Matriarchs was a broader perspective, which taught us to discipline our sexuality.

The Light Within – The Light Above

All Toledot - Relationships - begin with our relationship with ourselves.

Parshat Chayei Sarah

The word captain refers to the tactical expertise necessary to actualize this vision.

TORAH SHORTS: Parshat Chaye Sara: The Plot to Kill Abraham’s Servant

Hatreds not vowed and concealed are to be feared more than those openly declared. -Marcus Tullius Cicero

The Journey of Old Age

"A father of philosophy, the father of the Hebrews and his slave get together,,," sounds like the start of an ancient joke but read on...

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Chayei Sarah: Avraham’s Canaanite Wife

Avraham showed himself to be a mentor for all peoples that God created. If he had previously kept his distance, he would now go to the other extreme of marrying a Canaanite woman, and fathering and raising her children.

Parshat Vayeira

The true purpose of a mitzvah isn't to earn a point and get a prize.

Be Honest, Seek Truth

"The first man, Adam, whose greatness is unfathomable, nevertheless raised Cain, the first murderer. In contrast, Terach, who was an idol worshiper, raised Avraham, the founder of our nation and the one who established faith in One G-d. How can this be?"

When Disaster Hits

It sounds quite nice, but I wonder whether Abraham had it easier than do we. He had a warning and a reason as well from the only reliable spiritual authority. God appeared to Abraham and told him that a storm was coming to Sodom because of her evil. As far as I know, God did not appear to anyone to warn that the East Coast would be punished for her 'evil'

Prophecy, Certainty, and True Religious Struggle

As Avraham and Yitzchak went to the ‘Akedah, we admire their fortitude, not their faith, their having found the will to carry through on an enormously difficult task. Humans want to live; we all the more so want our children to live, especially a child who is the long-awaited answer to prayers, the one Hashem had promised would continue this parent’s ethical and religious revolution.

Worms And Newsies

Sometimes we think we have more power than we actually do. Sometimes we think we have more knowledge than we actually do.

All The Way To The Top

If we want to achieve personal greatness, we have to hold onto our goals and dreams.

Rav Ovadia Yosef, zt”l

A memorial to Rav Ovadia Yosef (ZT"l) in his daughters' recollections

Elder Aliyah to Israel, Like Abraham and Sarah

Rather than just encourage aliyah for the young, Israel and professional Zionists in the exile, must make a concerted effort to encourage aliyah for the elderly. It will be the renewal of their lives, and that will be good for them, and for the Jewish people.

Aleph Beta: Lech Lecha: Was Abraham The First Wandering Jew?

God just promised Abraham the land. Why is it that, though God keeps reassuring that this land is his, he refuses to settle down?

People Are More Important

A society in which nobody cares about a person who falls down and dies, but mourns a stone that falls, is a society that has a problem; it cares more about physical progress than human life.

Noach: Why Aren’t Dinosaurs In the Torah?‏

Why is there is no mention of dinosaurs, and other prehistoric animals, in the Torah?

The True Measure of a Man

God doesn't need a slave to order and say: Build an ark! He could have made it in a second. God desires a partner. It is up to us to rise to that role. Noah's greatness was that he figured it out.

Parshat Noach : The Importance of Miracles

There is a supernatural/metaphysical element to Nature, which we can ignore for long periods of time--Until we can’t,

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