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Torah Imparts Timeless Message That There’s Truly No Place Like Home

As Perry Como crooned so beautifully, there’s no place like home for the holidays. He might not have had Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur...
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Your Words Ought to Reflect the Feelings Present in Your Heart

Parshat Ki Teitzei We live in a talk-saturated world. Spoken, often shouted, words accompany, and sometimes bombard, us wherever we go. Announcements and pronouncements, analyses and...
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Systems Must Change to Accommodate Societal Shifts

The parshah contains several thematic sections: regulations regarding the judicial system and public officials (judges, kings, Levitical priests, prophets true and false); special aspects...
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Soften Your Heart to Open Your Hands

Two key phrases in this passage are “do not harden your heart” and “open your hand.” Parshat Re’eh In Parashat Re’eh we read, “If there is...
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Life as an Ongoing Thank-You Note

The ability to cultivate gratitude and the attentive mindfulness we must bring to the task can remind us of the blessings we encounter every...
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‘With All Your Heart and Soul’ and Single-Tasking

Kavvanah/intention is an effort to “guide and regulate the individual in his performance of interior mental practice, a mode of action hidden from the...
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The Question That Simply Won’t Go Away

The so-called “land-for-peace” debate has been vigorously, even ruthlessly, fought for so many years already; it will not go away. This exhausting, existential dilemma...
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Living in Community Requires Ongoing Compromise

It’s easy to imagine that from a biblical perspective the demand is simple: God lays out the laws; the job of the people is...
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Dealing with Religious Zealousness an Issue Not Confined Solely to Modern World

Barring divine intervention, the act of the zealot must be judged by its murderous result, not by its declared intent. Parshat Pinchas The story of Pinchas...
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Prejudice Can Be Fought by Embracing the Different and the Unknown

We are living in a time of great fear, and we see around us much of that fear turning into hatred. Not only has...