Monthly Archives: November 2013

Bechira, Hashgacha Pratit, another thought.

Each moment is perfect, exactly what it needs to be. Each moment lasts only a הרף עין, haraf ayin, the wink of an eye, as it leads, inevitably, to the next perfect moment, exactly what it needs to be. The … Continue reading

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New Chanukah Insights

In past years, I’ve thought (and written) a lot about the conflict between the Greek approach to life as it opposed our ancestors’.  Although much richer in its reality, it represents to us the exclusively empirical approach which, in today’s … Continue reading

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First Steps (for both beginners and advanced)

I’ve never been, nor aspired to be a congregational rabbi and I’ve rarely worked with or through established institutions.  Nonetheless, in my role as teacher I’m frequently asked by people just starting their Jewish journey how to begin. In the … Continue reading

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A Short Parable

Three people were given a book, a basic arithmetic textbook.  After many years, one student was able to recite the book from start to finish.  Not only that, she could tell you the exact word at every position of every … Continue reading

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The Stakes Are Enormous

Quiet down and quit sniping at each other!  It’s time for us to act like grown-ups. It’s time to learn and accept that some Jews will tend towards more observance and some towards less, and that many on both sides … Continue reading

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Bandwidth–It’s A Matter Of Perspective

A single option strangles; too many paralyze. Perhaps it’s today’s immediate communication on the internet, but many of the rapidly-developing human crises, and not just those of the Torah-aware Jewish world, seem to be the result of literally all or … Continue reading

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What Do We Really Want?

As Jews in this world, what is our ultimate goal?  One very significant aspect of Torah and Mitzvot is that they are tools.  We’re taught, at least on those rare occasions where the lectures and lessons go beyond “God said … Continue reading

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