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Shavuot – Weddings, Movies and Happily Ever After!

As the weather becomes warmer and the flowers bloom, we find ourselves in the pre-summer wedding season of almost daily celebrations. Twenty-eight years ago...

Priestly Blessings: Be Blessed

The Mitzvah: The priests, descendants of Aharon the kohein, were assigned with the mitzvah of birchas kohanim, the Priestly Blessings recited daily in the...

Commentary on Parshas Naso

"Your Money or Your Wife?” and Other Such Life Decisions Parshas Naso contains the Parsha of Sotah, the suspected adulteress . Rashi comments on...

Don’t Kick Me Off The Ladder

When I was a young boy, each Shabbat morning we would go to the Synagogue, stop at our grandmother’s home for Kiddush and lunch,...

Great Recipes for Tantalizing Shavuot Meals

I love Shavuot, which this year will be from Tuesday evening, May 14 through Thursday night, May 16. It’s such a happy Yom Tov,...

Parsha Insights

This week we begin the Sefer {Book} of Bamidbar. “And Hashem spoke to Moshe Bamidbar {in the wilderness of} Sinai, in the Ohel Moed...

“Flourishing in the Desert” Commentary on Parshat Bamidbar

I trace back my love of poetry to Mr. Perle. He taught freshman English in the high school I attended. I remember him as...

To Wear or Not to Wear?? The City Insinuates Itself Once Again

Seems like the blatant, in-your-face hypocrisy of the Bloomberg administration is now substantively escalating in concurrence with the spring temperatures.  Well, what else is...

Use the Fleeting Years Wisely

“Six years you shall sow your fields ...You shall count for yourself seven cycles of sabbatical years, seven years seven times; the years of...

Thoughts on Parshiot Behar – Bechukosai

Make Peace and Greet Moshiach Parshas Bechukosai contains words of blessing and words of rebuke. The Parsha begins with the message that the world...

When Late is Being on Time and the Theory of Relativity

I left the office early on Monday afternoon so that my daughter Aryana could be home in time for an appointment at 6:30. When...

Lag B’Omer: Matisyahu Tops Noteworthy Jewish Shaving Stories

For the first 32 days of the Omer period between Passover and Shavuot, many men in the Orthodox Jewish community refrain from shaving and...

The Two Mourning Periods on the Jewish Calendar

The Torah tells us that there is a mitzvah to count the days of the Omer from the second day of Passover until the...

Extremism – Taking Things Too Far

Towards the end of Parshas Emor, we read about the Me-kalel/the blasphemer who in a moment of rage and lack of self-control cursed the...

“Like All Other Boys” Commentary for Parshat Emor

The custom is fairly prevalent nowadays, but it was not a common practice thirty years ago when my friend raised his sons. He would...

Parsha Insights

This week we read the parsha of Emor. “Emor (Speak) to the Kohanim… ” and teach them the special laws which pertain only to...

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