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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Pathways On The Parsha: Mishpatim
Jan23

Pathways On The Parsha: Mishpatim

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Pathways On The Parsha: Yitro
Jan16

Pathways On The Parsha: Yitro

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A New Day, A New Way
Jan16

A New Day, A New Way

Imagine one morning you open the newspaper and see the following headline: Pope Decides to Convert to Judaism. Wouldn’t that be something else? But actually, this has a precedent. Yitro was the Pope of Midian. He served every conceivable idol before deciding to convert to Judaism. In fact, the Baal HaTurim states that the numerical value of the name Yitro (616) is equal to that of the phrase Komer Hayah La’avodah Zarah (He was a...

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The Way Home
Jan09

The Way Home

Zablon Simintov is the last Jew in Afghanistan. He is also an example of so many of our brethren scattered throughout the diaspora. From Argentina to Alaska, from Sydney to Siberia, there is hardly a country devoid of a Jewish presence. Yet living at the ends of the earth is a far cry from living in the Holy Land. What is the purpose of exile? Surely God sees that it is so much more difficult for us to return to Him when we are so...

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Pathways On The Parsha: Beshalach
Jan09

Pathways On The Parsha: Beshalach

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