Monthly Archives: June 2014

Confronting Evil

Many adjectives will be used to describe the recent savage murders and kidnapping of our three Israeli high school boys, Naftali Fraenkel, z”l, Gil-Ad Shaer z”l and Eyal Yifrah z”l, but unless these adjectives supplement, rather than replace, the word “evil”, these responses … Continue reading

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Reward Tantrums? Never! Thoughts on Chukkot

Not a perfect human, nevertheless Moshe Rabbeinu was our greatest leader. However, with a single public display of anger (BaMidbar 20:10-12), he loses his greatest dream and desire.  

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An Important Article By Rabbi Marc Angel

In times of crisis, tempers flare and self-righteousness can get out of control. Rabbi Angel reminds us of the possibility of disagreeing, being diametrically opposed, but not descending to character assassination which so frequently seems to have substituted for debate. … Continue reading

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Responsibility Never Sleeps

My father’s yahrzeit has begun and, as expected, my thoughts turn to him. For a number of years I’ve written my children, sister and nieces reminiscences on the yarhzeits and birthdays of both my parents and want to share a bit … Continue reading

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In Our Own Eyes

Just as I can’t but be outraged, saddened, determined and filled with prayer over the kidnapping of three yeshiva students in Israel just before this Shabbat, I can’t but be struck by the timeliness of the accompanying parsha, Shelach. Beginning … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Envy–Reflections on Shavuot

Admittedly, I’ve got “factory-defective” wiring, but I’ve never really understood jealousy. When I learn of someone’s good fortune it tends to make me happy because, if for no other reason, it reminds me that these potential successes and joys and … Continue reading

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Shavuot II — Ma Nishtana? How Is This Day Different From All Other Days

 וּבְטוּבוֹ מְחַדֵּשׁ בְּכָל יוֹם תָּמִיד מַעֲשֵׂה בְרֵאשִׁית U’v’tuvo m’chadesh  b’chol yom tamid ma’aseh bereishit And with His Goodness He renews each day, continuously, the act of creation. A great light goes out each and every day. It’s identical to the … Continue reading

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