Monthly Archives: February 2011

It’s Not All About Me

I wasn’t yet nine when President Kennedy challenged the American people “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.”  I’m saddened and actually a little surprised that so many people who … Continue reading

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The Courage To Be Empowered

In a rather technical discussion about civil marriage and whether its dissolution requires a get, a formal religious divorce, a friend pointed out that historically, different communities had different readings of the weight of civil marriage and, thus, different decisions … Continue reading

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Mirroring Each Side of a Tragedy

In the midst of the parshiot of building the Mishkan, the portable sanctuary in the desert, once again I’m enjoying the insights of the Malbim, a unique nineteenth century sage and leader.  In these sections he reveals especially deep meanings … Continue reading

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