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The Power of Prayer
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For many of us the source of our motivation to pray is our belief that we have the power to engage God for our needs. Nevertheless, moments where we fear that our personal lacking and sin will cause God to turn us a deaf ear cannot be escaped. The Talmud Yerushalmi (Ta’anith 1:2 5b) tells […]
Honor Your Father and Mother
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The Biblical commandment of “Honor your father and mother” is a universally accepted ethic known equally to Jews and Gentiles all around the world. Even those of us who are not so fond of our parents or even worse hold grudges against them, somewhere deep inside of us still have a faint voice compelling us […]
“Do Not Turn Away…”
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“Do not turn away from your own flesh” (Isaiah 58:7) All of us aspire to have those ideal families which we read about in stories, but all too often our families fall quite short of this ideal. We may disdain our family members, hold grudges against them and dread the thought of family gatherings. We […]
Communal Responsibility
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Our Synagogues and communities abound with opportunities for the individual to step up and offer his or her services for the needs of the many. But many communal tasks are often menial and bothersome bearing little prestige or recognition. How many of us aspire to collect siddurim in our Synagogues? Rabbi Yossi, who was charged […]
Kiddush Hashem in the Talmud Yerushalmi
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Kiddush Hashem, sanctifying God’s name, specifically before a gentile all too often is not even about the gentile at all. We use it to hold ourselves to proper conduct, the gentile being a stand-in for our own conscience. We’ll tell our children to be on their best behavior in a mall to make a Kiddush […]