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BREAKING: Killers of Naftali, Eyal and Gilad Eliminated

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Arab Bank Found Liable for Hamas Terror Funding

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Muslims Tell ISIS: #NotInMyName [video]

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Seniors’ Squad Sues U.S. Tennis Association Over Shabbat Scheduling

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Hamas Rocket Explodes in the Sea

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Five Anti-Zionist Doctors ‘Hijack’ Medical Journal to Dump on Israel

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Guinness Record for Shofar Blowing Broken in NJ

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White House Promised Lada Gaga She Would Be Safe in Israel

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Facelift for Mossad Intelligence Agency Website

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Jail for Returning Jihadists in Australia

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Kurds Block ISIS Advance on Syrian Town

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Report: US Sending Indirect Military Aid to Hezbollah

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Hezbollah Used UAVs to Kill Al Qaeda Terrorists in Syria

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Hamas Angry with Palestinian Authority

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Israel Baseball Ranks 19th in World Ratings

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Jonah and the Whale (2012) 23 x 23, bronze relief by Lynda Caspe.
 

Posted on: September 17th, 2014

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Jonah objected to God accepting repentance based on ulterior motives and likely for short duration.

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Posted on: August 31st, 2014

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It is in the nature of the Nations of the World to be hostile towards the Jewish People.

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Posted on: August 20th, 2014

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A bit of (non-Jewish) history can help us understand this week’s Torah portion: In the early 1500s, the Catholic church was being fundamentally challenged by movements which claimed it had monopolized religious power and used to enrich the church and its officials. The most radical of these movements were a particular sect of Anabaptists. Anabaptists […]

Crossing the Jordan River
 

Posted on: July 31st, 2014

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Unlike the two and a half tribes, when we walk in front of G-d, we must be perfect in our motivation

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Posted on: July 23rd, 2014

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Today, we remain Hashem's nachal.

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Posted on: March 21st, 2014

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This week's parsha discusses the sudden and disturbing death of two of Aharon's sons, Nadav and Avihu

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Posted on: January 15th, 2014

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Food can be eaten to fill your stomach. But food can also be eaten with the intent to recognize Creation and acknowledge the Creator. A bracha is not just a thank you.

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Posted on: January 10th, 2014

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For change to become permanent it has to become internalized through new behaviors. Mitzvot have to be observed regularly.

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Posted on: December 20th, 2013

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Imagine Amram and Yocheved, the parents of Moshe Rabbeinu and Aharon Hakohen. We know who they were, but what do we know of their child-raising techniques? What was the central pillar of their home that helped foster these two spiritual giants?

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Posted on: December 6th, 2013

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In our story a couple of kids discover Chanukah within the walls of a gym.

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Posted on: October 11th, 2013

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Kindness and hospitality came easily to Lot. As a nephew to Avraham, these qualities were part of his DNA; as a ben-bayis who was raised in Avraham's household bringing in guests was what came naturally.

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Posted on: October 4th, 2013

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The world was created soooo long ago that we can feel like it’s “old news.” But by just opening our eyes and seeing the amazing design of the natural world around us, we can feel like we have front-rows seats to creation. Hashem made the world and everything in it -- including us -- with a master plan. By tuning in to the awesome design in everything around us, we can feel connected to that plan and to Him.

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Posted on: August 9th, 2013

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“The generalities of the commandments necessarily have a cause and have been given because of a certain utility."

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Posted on: August 1st, 2013

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What does it mean to be close to somebody else? One way is to be physically near them, but another, more spiritual way is to try to learn from them and emulate their good qualities. When the Torah instructs us to make ourselves close to, or cleave to Hashem, it doesn’t mean by trying to get to heaven in a rocket ship! Rather it means to think about Hashem and emulate His qualities of kindness, patience, fairness, etc. That is the real measure of how close a person is to G-d.

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Posted on: July 5th, 2013

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The three weeks period between the 17 of Tammuz and Tisha b’Av, besides being a time to remember and mourn the destruction of the Beis HaMikdash in Yerushalayim, is a very special time to focus on love. The spiritual root cause of the churban and all the other tragedies of Jewish history that resulted from it was sinas chinam, disliking and hating each other for no good reason. So it only makes sense that the way to remedy this is to go out of our way, especially during these three weeks, to try to like and love each other -- even for no good reason.

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Posted on: June 6th, 2013

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No one lives in a vacuum. No, that doesn’t mean we didn’t get sucked up through a vacuum cleaner hose in the pre-Pesach cleaning frenzy, it means that whether we like it or not, our environment—the people and things around us—makes a big impact on who we are.

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Posted on: May 17th, 2013

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I watch my children use blocks to build a large structure, observing the trepidation with which they add each block. As the structure becomes larger there is a greater risk of it collapsing, thus bringing an end to an hour of playful labor. I anticipate what will happen when one child adds a block to the top floor, compromising the integrity of the building and resulting in the collapse of the entire structure. The argument that ensues is predictable, as each child blames the other for “ruining” the fun. As an adult, I wonder about the need to attribute blame. Will assigning blame be instrumental in rebuilding the structure?

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Posted on: May 2nd, 2013

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How can a person make sure that things will work out right? By doing what is right. When Hashem told the Jewish people to rest their fields and not plant any crops every seventh year, shmitta, it was a huge test of faith, as no crops meant no food! But Hashem also told them that if they did what’s right and listen to Him, they wouldn’t lose out because He’d miraculously give them enough crops in other years to more than make up for the year of rest. And that’s what happened.

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Posted on: April 18th, 2013

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The servant was ecstatic. He was racing to the King’s treasure house to retrieve two precious goblets to place on the King’s very table. Why had he been chosen to be the one to bring these royal treasures? Well, he was the one who had suggested the idea.

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Posted on: April 11th, 2013

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Even if nobody sees us, everything we do is being watched and recorded on video…by Hashem. Our conscience, that part of us that makes us feel guilty if we do something we shouldn’t have, is Hashem’s loving way of reminding us that He knows what we did, and knows that we’ll feel better, and become better by coming clean and putting it right.

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