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Two Meanings of Maturity: Parshas Vayetze

How do you define "maturity"? The dictionary definition asserts that it is a state of being full-grown, ripe, or fully developed. But I...

Seeing the Light in Darkness

I want to share with you the lessons that I learned, from a number of wise people, in terms of how to develop...

ABC’s of Bar/Bat Mitzvah – Part II

A 7-point guide to the Jewish coming-of-age ceremony (continued from last week) 5) Tefillin Upon reaching age 13, a boy begins the obligation to...

Parshat Toldot – Heroes

It is difficult to find a Biblical figure more holy than our forefather Yishak Avinu, Isaac. After being bound on the alter, Isaac was...

Parshas Toldos – The Search for Blessings

This week's parsha begins the saga of the long, almost endless struggle between Yaakov and Esav. Yaakov buys the birthright from a hungry Esav...

Parshas Chaya Sora – From Where Did Avraham Come?

A famous Medrash Rabbah on this week's parsha (58:5) cites the pasuk "And Avraham came to mourn for Sarah and to cry for...

Parshas Chaya Sora – Hopes And Fears

The sedra of Chayei Sarah focuses on two episodes, both narrated at length and in intricate detail. Abraham buys a field with a cave...

Parshas Vayera – Excuses Excuses

As we begin this week’s portion we find that Abraham is sitting outside his tent. It’s been three days since he circumcised his entire...

Abraham Our Forefather, Abraham Our Child

(This article was written on Sunday morning. Along with all Kelal Yisrael, we mourn the passing of Maran Ovadia Yosef Z’SL. ) In my...

Parshas Noach – Do We See Ourselves as G-d Sees Us?

There is a famous midrash based on this week`s parsha that asks, "If there are so many ways through which G-d could have saved...

What the Ark Taught Noah

When the rains first fall at the beginning of the flood story, Noah is described as "a man of little faith," waiting for the...

Beating the Aravot

On the last day of Sukkot, Hoshana Rabba, we beat a bundle of willow branches (actually one is enough) on the floor (SA OC...

Dancing with the Torah

A true Simchat Torah story He came by my house every six months or so, for a modest contribution to support the immigrant village...

Shmini Azeret and Simchat Torah

God adds a special day at the end of Sukkot, a day of great intimacy with our Creator, as He asks His Jewish children...

Parshas Zos Habracha – You Can Never Fool G-d

And this (V'zos) is the blessing which Moshe, the Man of G-d, blessed the Children of Israel before his death. (Devarim 33:1) The first...

Putin and the Torah

Rejoicing with the Torah because it is an exceptional book that has made us exceptional. Till now the best definition of chutzpah was probably...

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