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Demographic Timebomb

No, I’m not worried about Jews becoming a minority when we include the Moslem population in Judah and Samaria.  But you have to admit it’s a clever title and grabbed your attention! I’m worried about the Seder Plate becoming over-crowded … Continue reading

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Shema, Music and Redemption

The simple pattern underlying most music in the world, tonic-deviation-tonic, reflects the message of the Shema.  שמע ישראל יקוק אלקינו יקוק אחד. Shema Yisrael Adonay Eloheinu Adony Echad, Listen, Israel, the in-dwelling, animating experience of God, the surrounding, transcendent, defining … Continue reading

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Transcending Ourselves

One of the hardest challenges any of us face is changing ourselves.  While everyone agrees that growth and development are good, even changes we desire are often hard to make.  When called to outgrow things we’re comfortable with, see as … Continue reading

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The Kippa Question

I was recently leading a small group as we studied different halachic approaches to the kippa, yarmulke or skull cap, which is often assumed to be obligatory for observant men.  (In the last decades, it’s also been adapted by some … Continue reading

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Why Does Jewish Exceptionalism Get Such A Bad Rap?

There’s a frightening trend in most of the Western world these days which condemns any thoughts of “exceptionalism”.  It’s as if every accomplished group has been infected with self-hate and doubt and focuses only on their contribution to the very … Continue reading

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Re-Programming

I have them, you have them, we all have our hot-button issues.  Things that set us off way more than what’s appropriate.  Our ears pound, we feel hot, our faces turn red, we start talking to ourselves in outrage.  Even … Continue reading

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