Once in a Lifetime
Apr02

Once in a Lifetime

“The Architect of the world never does the same thing twice. Every day is an entirely new creation” – Reb Noson of Breslov. People like to say, “Today is a new day.” There’s actually an incredible amount of wisdom in that expression. That’s because we have a tendency to view time as one complete unit, and therefore we get caught up in the past. If yesterday was a “bad” day, it means today doesn’t have much of a chance. Truth be told,...

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Coming Clean
Mar27

Coming Clean

Jerry pays his boss a short visit and says, “We’re doing some major Passover housecleaning tomorrow and my wife needs me around to take care of the heavy hauling.” “I’m so sorry, Jerry, we’re kind of short-handed right now and I just can’t afford to have you take the day off,” his boss answers. “Thanks, Boss, Jerry replies. “I knew I could count on you!” Have you begun cleaning for Pesach yet? I’m sure you have. When this time of year...

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The Spice of Life
Mar20

The Spice of Life

“It’s all your fault!” Since the days of Adam and Eve, men have always found a convenient “explanation” for their problems: blame the spouse. The problem for Nadav and Avihu, Aaron’s two unwedded sons who brought an unauthorized incense-offering (ketoret) and were punished with death, was that they didn’t have one to blame. The Midrash explains that the reason they were killed was because they had no wives (Vayikra Rabbah 20:8-10)....

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Pathways On The Parsha: Vayikra
Mar06

Pathways On The Parsha: Vayikra

“Pathways” is a weekly Torah publication exploring the festivals and parsha, published by BRI. Download (PDF,...

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The Poor Man’s Offering
Mar06

The Poor Man’s Offering

One of the greatest gifts that Chassidic teachings impart to us is the ability to illuminate and make relevant all parts of Torah, even the seemingly obscure ones. The teachings of Rebbe Nachman and Reb Noson make the Torah come alive, helping us find answers and life advice in verses of the Torah that cynics claim are irrelevant and archaic. These incredible teachings reinforce our belief in the profound depth and truth of the Torah...

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Building for Eternity
Feb28

Building for Eternity

Every four years, in honor of the Olympic Games, tens of billions of dollars are expended and a virtual city is constructed – only to be abandoned a few weeks later. Thousands of years ago, our Jewish ancestors recognized what a waste of gelt this was (not to mention the excessive physical labor) and came up with a much more efficient plan: Why not build a portable, collapsible structure? Thus the Mishkan (Tabernacle) was born. Of...

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Pathways On The Parsha: Pekudei
Feb28

Pathways On The Parsha: Pekudei

“Pathways” is a weekly Torah publication exploring the festivals and parsha, published by BRI. Download (PDF,...

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A Matter of Survival
Feb20

A Matter of Survival

Desert islands are a popular backdrop for jokes. Once a Jew was discovered on a desert island. The fellow who finds the Jew surviving on tropical fruit and living in a bamboo hut notices that he has also built two other huts. “Those are synagogues,” the Jew explains. “But why do you need two of them?” the fellow wonders. The Jew answers, “This one is the synagogue I pray in, and that one is the synagogue I don’t pray in!” * * People...

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Pathways On The Parsha: Vayakhel
Feb20

Pathways On The Parsha: Vayakhel

“Pathways” is a weekly Torah publication exploring the festivals and parsha, published by BRI. Download (PDF,...

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Count Me In
Feb13

Count Me In

The three most frightening letters in the English language are I-R-S. It’s “that time of the year” again. The tax-return strategy I’ve heard whispered about most often is: “Keep out of trouble, don’t raise any red flags, and try to blend in.” What does this have to do with our parashah? Rashi explains that if the Jewish people need to be counted, the best way to go about it is to have each Jew donate a half-shekel, and tally up the...

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Pathways On The Parsha: Ki Tisa
Feb13

Pathways On The Parsha: Ki Tisa

“Pathways” is a weekly Torah publication exploring the festivals and parsha, published by BRI. Download (PDF,...

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It’s All About Desire
Feb07

It’s All About Desire

Every synagogue is considered a mini Beit HaMikdash. We are told that in the future time of our redemption, all these synagogues that served as places of refuge during the Diaspora will rise up and travel to the Holy Land, where they will be combined with the eternal Beit HaMikdash. Therefore many of the symbols displayed in our synagogues serve the purpose of memorializing the vessels of the Beit HaMikdash, and also remind us that we...

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Pathways On The Parsha: Tetzaveh
Feb05

Pathways On The Parsha: Tetzaveh

“Pathways” is a weekly Torah publication exploring the festivals and parsha, published by BRI. Download (PDF,...

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When In Rome…
Jan29

When In Rome…

Where is God? Mankind has pondered this question for an eternity. Interestingly, our Rabbis answered, “He is in the great city of Rome” (Jerusalem Talmud, Ta’anit 81). This answer seems very odd. Rome was a city rife with idol-worship and immorality. In fact, our Rabbis were alluding to a particular existence of God that is hidden and unfathomable to us humans. Pirkey Avot tells us that God created the world with Ten Utterances (Avot...

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Pathways On The Parsha: Terumah
Jan29

Pathways On The Parsha: Terumah

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The Specialness of a Jew
Jan23

The Specialness of a Jew

For thousands of years, the Jews have irked the nations of the world by proclaiming ourselves the Chosen People. The idea of us being called by this extraordinary title stirs up their jealousy and challenges their self-worth. “Why are you so special?” they ask. “What makes you any better than us?” Interestingly, these questions are actually indicative of why they were not chosen in the first place. Our nation traces its roots back to...

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