One Good Eye
Feb05

One Good Eye

It was finally Friday afternoon, almost time for Shabbat and some long overdue rest. Jerry had returned from a long overseas business trip and hadn’t been at his familiar seat in shul for several weeks. As the men filed in for the Minchah service, Jerry was greeted by the Rabbi with a hearty “Shalom Aleichem.” [...]

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In The Know
Jan29

In The Know

Knowledge, wisdom, education ... these are the cornerstones of a typical Jewish upbringing. Almost as soon as a Jewish baby is born, his or her parents have already established a college fund. This reminds me of a joke: A Jewish mother is walking down the street with her two little boys. A passerby sees the [...]

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Striking It Rich
Jan21

Striking It Rich

What if I told you that I know the secret to accumulating wealth? I bet you’d want to be my friend. Doesn’t the prospect of gaining this elusive knowledge get you a tad bit excited? But what if I told you that it’s available to each of us? Impossible, you might say. But that would [...]

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Getting The Message
Jan15

Getting The Message

Negative emotions are extremely powerful and often completely debilitating. In fact, nothing has the ability to stunt our spiritual growth and life satisfaction like negativity. It’s essential for us to take the initiative to learn about ourselves and evaluate our reactions when dealing with such emotions. With Rebbe Nachman’s guidance, we can transform these emotions [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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Organic Jews
Jan02

Organic Jews

I’ve always found it odd that we read about the Exodus from Egypt in the middle of the winter. It’s icy and cold outside, and we are (finally!) finished with the holiday season. To me, Pesach conjures memories of the days getting longer and the beginnings of spring. Actually, there is a great lesson in [...]

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The New Pathways Tzav
Mar22

The New Pathways Tzav

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The New Pathways Vayakhel Pekudei
Mar07
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The New Pathways Ki Tisa
Mar01

The New Pathways Ki Tisa

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The New Pathways Tetzaveh
Feb21

The New Pathways Tetzaveh

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The New Pathways Terumah
Feb14

The New Pathways Terumah

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