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The Phantom & The Man

10 Heshvan 5777 – November 10, 2016
We meet two different Abrahams in the Torah text and the Midrash. The spiritual giant, hero, and Tzaddik of the Midrash is almost a phantom in the written text. Which is real?

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Lech Lecha: Avoiding Too Much Virtue

While we read of tests of Avraham, it is clear that Sarah endured tests of her own. According to Ramban, she failed her test in her treatment of Hagar

Tefillah: A Meeting with Hashem – A Personal Request

4 Heshvan 5777 – November 4, 2016
B’chol dirachecha da’eihu, vehu yiyasher orchosecha – In all your ways know Him and He will smooth your paths

Hashem Hates Thievery

Rashi is troubled that thievery is being treated as the pivotal point of the world’s existence. There are many sins that are worse.

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Noach: Of Facts and Narratives: Postmodernism and the Ohr HaChaim

3 Heshvan 5777 – November 3, 2016
The Torah itself presents parallel narratives of the same stories, thereby showing that the same events can truthfully be constructed in more than one way.

A Stolen Teivah?

As long as an individual is still alive and his possessions are still intact, they belong to him – and one may not steal them.

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 Bereishit

27 Tishri 5777 – October 28, 2016
While turning points do not often announce themselves with a clarion call, there are, nonetheless, moments in our lives when the potential for major change is evident.

Rabbi Aba Wagensberg on Parsha Bereishis

Parshas Bereishis is not only the first but arguably the most difficult parsha in the entire Torah. Let's begin...

Saper Vedere

"Saper vedere," - knowing how to see - informs our lives. Have we changed with the opportunities brought by the holidays> Have we kept our new lenses?

The Beginning Of Time

26 Tishri 5777 – October 27, 2016
Before there was physicality, there was nothing to measure, so there was no system to measure height.

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Bereshit: Why Can’t a Man be More Like a Woman?

Though a woman helps her partner and remains his equal, she nurtures and thereby becomes a man's superior. Paradoxically, therefore, woman may be just a bit closer to the image of God than man.

Redeeming Relevance: Zot HaBeraKha: A Grave Apart

19 Tishri 5777 – October 21, 2016
It was not enough for Moshe to die by himself, however; his separation from family and nation had to be total, even after his death. And so his burial spot would need to be hidden from all.

King David’s Diaries

13 Tishri 5777 – October 14, 2016
On Shabbos, says Rav Cohen, we exist in a world of mei’ein Olam Habah, a microcosm of the next world, a taste of Gan Eden.

The Mitzvah To Be Happy

Being happy isn’t an emotion we can turn on and off like a light switch. And how can we relate the effect of doing a mitzvah joyfully to the case of Reuven?

Angels, Exiles, & Cotton Balls

Why do we take the Four Species on Sukkos? What is their message?

Redeeming Relevance: A Bittersweet Song You Better Remember: Parshas Ha’azinu & Jewish Destiny

God’s foremost desire is to conduct a relationship with the Jewish people built on love and commitment. The song of Ha’azinu reassures us that the relationship will never die.

Boundless Boundaries

Boundless Boundaries are the point of the imperfect structures we build as our Sukkot. The Sukkah is intended to provide the security we need to soar.

The Parsha Experiment – Ha’azinu-V’Zot Habracha: The Inspiring Conclusion To The Torah – Part...

11 Tishri 5777 – October 13, 2016
In this week's video, we close the entire Torah, and we ask ourselves, what lessons can we learn today? How can we be inspired by the Torah's messages, and fulfill our destiny as a people?

Tefillah: A Meeting With Hashem -Teshuva Through Prayer

5 Tishri 5777 – October 7, 2016
The first step in repentance is to say to Hashem that until now we lived as if we were not in front of You, but now we have come back.

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