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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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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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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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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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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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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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 all of this. When it comes to experiencing something physical, time and place are of absolute necessity. Since the Torah and its...

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The New Pathways Tzav
Mar22
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The New Pathways Vayakhel Pekudei
Mar07
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The New Pathways Ki Tisa
Mar01
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The New Pathways Tetzaveh
Feb21
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The New Pathways Terumah
Feb14

The New Pathways Terumah

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The New Pathways Mishpatim
Feb07

The New Pathways Mishpatim

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The New Pathways Yitro
Feb01

The New Pathways Yitro

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The New Pathways Beshalach
Jan24

The New Pathways Beshalach

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The New Pathways Bo
Jan16

The New Pathways Bo

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