Category Archive: 5776

Sep 27

Caring Attention!

(Torah Portion Devorim) Caring Attention! Every so often we hear someone saying, “That person has it all.” Let’s think about this. Does anyone have it all? Although at times it might appear that way, one who is true to himself knows that there are areas where he is lacking and needs to strive to accomplish …

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Sep 27

With All Your Heart

(Torah Portion Va’eschanan) With All Your Heart! Probably the Torah verse most well-known by all Jews, is the declaration of Shema Yisroel Ado-noy E-lo-hai-nu Ado-noy Echad. In these six words a Jew declares his allegiance to the Almighty, proclaiming that G-d was, is, and always will be, the One and only. A Jew carries the …

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Sep 27

Tablets!

(Torah Portion Eikev) Tablets! Greetings from the holy and beautiful City of Jerusalem! Malki and I are here to attend the upcoming wedding of Tali Rutta, daughter of our friends Richie and Julie Rutta. We also have the pleasure of seeing our son Chaim who is studying at Mir Yeshiva in Jerusalem. ~ In the …

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Sep 27

The Way We Look!

(Torah Portion Re’eh) The Way We Look! Greetings again from the holy and beautiful City of Jerusalem! We are spending time in Israel which allows us to reconnect with relatives and friends in Israel and to bask in the atmosphere of this holy land. It also allows us the opportunity of being with our brethren …

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Sep 27

Ain’t That the Truth!

(Torah Portion Shoftim) Ain’t That the Truth! Honesty and integrity are essential to our existence and ability to coexist. Even where the ideals of honesty take a back seat, such as news media outlets which report biasedly and inaccurately on events, if someone is caught lying, they capitalize on the offence. So too, in our …

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Sep 27

Partners!

(Torah Portion Ki Seitzai ) Partners! The other day I had a conversation with a professed atheist who has a terrific and wry sense of humor. I asked him if he can prove his atheistic position to me. His priceless response … “That, I can’t – thank G-d!” Needless to say, we both had a …

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Sep 27

With Warmth

(Torah Portion Ki Savo ) With Warmth! This week’s Parsha is called “Ki Savo” – “when you come.” Last week’s Parsha was called “Ki Seitzai” – “when you go out.” Life is filled with goings and comings, but because we are so busy and distracted, we seldom stop to think about our goings and comings. …

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Sep 27

Right Here

(Torah Portion Nitzavim ) Right Here! Mendel, a known vagabond in the Brooklyn area, was content with the condition of his life, a life that would have been unbearable for just about anyone else. When Mendel became weak and frail, a generous and caring family took him into their nursing facility and provided him with …

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Sep 27

The Greatest

(Torah Portion Bamidbar/Shavuos) The Greatest! “I’m the greatest of all time!” I can vividly recall those boastful words of the late boxer Muhammad Ali extolling his own greatness pompously and haughtily.Yes, we all wish and hope for greatness, but the evaluation of greatness should be realized by an outside objective assessment not by one’s self. …

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Sep 27

Peace At Home

(Torah Portion Naso) Peace at Home! The Torah speaks about the laws of the Sotah, a situation where a husband suspects his wife of being unfaithful after giving his wife a formal warning not to go to a secluded place with the suspected man. If witnesses testify that they were seen alone in a secluded …

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