Category Archive: 5774

Sep 27

We Are One!

(Torah Portion Devorim) We Are One! There are three defining characteristics of a Jew; they are compassionate, self-conscious and perform acts of loving kindnesses. As we are glued to the news regarding the developments in our brethren’s war with Hamas, we are astonished and amazed by the way Israel is conducting themselves in the midst …

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Sep 27

Comfort Zone!

(Torah Portion Va’eschanan) Comfort Zone! This Shabbos is called Shabbos Nachamu – Shabbos of consolation. The name comes from the opening words of the Haftorah, where Isaiah the prophet in the name of G-d, tells the Jewish people after the destruction of the Temple, “Nachamu, Nachamu Ami” I will give a double consolation to My …

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Sep 27

First Time!

(Torah Portion Eikev) First Time! In this week’s Parsha the Torah records the second paragraph that we say daily in the Shema declaration. The first verse in that paragraph states, “And it will be when you listen and observe My Commands that I command you today.” “That I Command you today” – is written in …

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Sep 27

Selective Vision!!

(Torah Portion Re’eh) Selective Vision!! This week’s Parsha begins with the word Re’eh, which means “See”. Moshe tells the Jewish people, “See, I present before you today a blessing and a curse. The blessing is when you listen to G-d’s commandments; and the curse is when you do not follow the dictates of the Almighty.” …

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Sep 27

Dream On!

(Torah Portion Shoftim) Dream On! Yesterday was the first day of the Hebrew month of Elul, a significant month regarding our preparations for the High Holidays. During this month and continuing through Yom Kippur, a period of 40 days, our leader Moshe was in Heaven pleading and securing G-d’s atonement for the Jewish nation’s sin …

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Sep 27

Water Selfie

(Torah Portion Ki Seitzai) Water Selfie At this time of year, knowing that the big day of Rosh Hashana is fast approaching, we are generally more in tune with our spiritual health. We think twice about what we say about others and we are a bit more conscious and meticulous about our observances. Let’s face …

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Sep 27

Smile Back!

(Torah Portion Ki Savo) Smile Back! In this week’s portion there is much attention given to performing our obligations and worshiping the Almighty with a sense and expression of Simcha – joy. Expressing joy and happiness is a necessary component in serving G-d and in achieving success in interpersonal relationships. When one puts on a …

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Sep 27

Fly Ball

(Torah Portion Vayailech) Fly Ball One of the most famous quotes of a presidential inaugural address is that of John F. Kennedy’s charge: “And so my fellow Americans, ‘Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.” In this week’s Parsha, Moshe, before his death, gives …

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Sep 27

Opportunities

(Torah Portion Bamidbar) Opportunities! Years ago while sitting next to a friend in Shul on Friday night during a particularly spirited Kabalat Shabbat service, he turned to me and said he was deeply moved by the singing and prayers which took him back to his youth when he attended Kabalat Shabbat services with his father. …

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Sep 27

Temptation

(Torah Portion Naso) Temptation! This week’s Torah portion is the largest of all portions. The bulk of the portion gives an account of the offerings and contributions that the princes of each tribe gave to the Temple during the twelve days of its inauguration. In general, the Torah is very selective in its words. However, …

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