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Parshat Chukat – You Gotta Believe!

One of the Rabbis under the chupah at my daughter’s wedding turned to me and said, “I’ve seen you speak for twenty years at...

Thoughts on Parshat Korach

A Tale of Two Wives Korach (from the tribe of Levi), along with Dassan, Aviram, On ben Peles (all from the tribe of Reuven)...

Pirkei Avot – Chapter 3, Mishna 5: The Radio Syndrome

"Rabbi Chanina ben (son of) Chachi’nie said, one who stays awake at night or travels on the road alone and leaves his heart open...

The Torah’s View on Gay Marriage

With Gay Parades scheduled for this summer in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, this article may not be PC (politically correct). The Meiri, however, on...

Mind Tricks

Is seeing really believing? Can I rely on what I see in a world where images can easily be changed and illusions lead me...

Tzitzis: On the Fringe

The Mitzvah: Tzitzis are to be attached to the fringes of a four-cornered garment. Each fringe consists of eight white strings (originally...

Spiritual Cause and Effect Commentary on Pirkei Avot – Chapter 2, Mishna 7

“He further saw a skull floating on the water. He said to it: ‘Because you drowned you were drowned, and in the end...

Second Chances & A Light at the Window

I knew a man who went through a terrible and bitter divorce. He battled for years. There were no winners. There were only losers....

“Uniformity and Uniqueness”

One of the interesting paradoxes of human life is our tendency to copy one another and to try to “fit in” with friends and...

Marriage and the Dark Side of the Force Insights on Pirkei Avot – Chapter 1, Mishna 5(b)

"Yossi ben (son of) Yochanan of Jerusalem said: Let your house be open wide, let the poor be members of your household, and do...

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...

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