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Outcomes And Intentions

13 Elul 5776 – September 15, 2016
So if on the previous Rosh Hashanah, Shimon had a decree of a year of life, then there is nothing Reuven or any other force in existence could do to change that.

Sins, Sculptors & Circumcision

Since each month is aligned with a particular shevet and constellation, we can inform ourselves of the qualities of the month through them.

Collecting Chance Encounters

Once I learned to treat every person I meet as more than chance and as an opportunity, I was able to expand my collection of superheroes.

Polygamy

The Torah explicitly says that a husband may divorce his wife if he so pleases. How can Rabbenu Gershom forbid this practice when the Torah seemingly permits it?

The Parsha Experiment – Ki Teitzei

Though related to the 10 commandments, what is the larger message that this list of laws in parsha Ki Teitzei is coming to teach us?

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Ki Tetzhe: Yehoshua the Conqueror

11 Elul 5776 – September 14, 2016
Battling Amalek presents an important warning to any Jewish military leader that there is a need to maintain a basic respect for what it means to be human, even when dealing with mortal enemies.

The Parsha Experiment – Shoftim: Is This Just A Boring Parsha?

6 Elul 5776 – September 8, 2016
If the entire book of Deuteronomy is supposed to be Moshe's rousing speech before the nation enters Israel, how can we understand the mundane text of Parshat Shoftim?

Planting Next To A Shul

When I first encountered this explanation, I took issue with it. For even if a shul’s courtyard does not possess kedushah, planting in it could still be prohibited.

The Foundation Stone: Parshat Shoftim: Seeking Justice

If we succeed in developing a strong sense of justice in our homes and communities, perhaps our prayer for God to restore justice will be justly heard and accepted.

If I Were A Rich Man

At the same time, a king is expected to remain humble. The Torah isn’t afraid the great honor accorded to him will bring him to arrogance.

Tefillah: A Meeting With Hashem – Are We Atheists In Foxholes?

30 Av 5776 – September 2, 2016
Sure, we are much better than the atheist who only sees the truth when it may be too late to start living a life of faith.

Parshas Reeh: Give With Faith

A person who gives charity dolefully or begrudgingly demonstrates that his faith is somewhat wanting and he has not fully fulfilled the mitzvah of giving charity.

Writing Hashem’s Name

29 Av 5776 – September 1, 2016
The Dovev Meisharim (chelek 1, 18:3) quotes the Divrei Chaim who says that writing all four letters of the name simultaneously is considered writing the name out of order.

The Foundation Stone: A Sense Of Place

This week's portion, Re'ei, speaks of our need for a sense of place, how difficult it often is to find, and how we must protect others' sense of place.

Life: The School Of Growth

By gradually increasing the workload, the body is called upon to respond. The work should never be easy.

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Reeh: The Taste for Blood and the Imperative of Relevance

Is the Torah to be read exactly as the Jews who received it would have, or, is it actually to be read in a contemporary way that can't possibly be the same as those who first received the Torah?

Shabbos Mevorchim Elul

23 Av 5776 – August 26, 2016
Deep contemplation, loyalty, ambition and intelligence define the traits of one born in Elul, the month symbolized by Virgo, a sign of purity.

Parshat Eikev

A leader must be aware of and responsible for all details on the ship - big or small.

Earning A Living: The Great Life Test

22 Av 5776 – August 25, 2016
While the sincerity of the little fellow might be touching, he is missing the point.

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