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Status Quo
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In life we often experience antithetical outcomes. We can try hard at something certain that our efforts will pan out yet the results can be quite discouraging. This is true no matter how great our conviction and dedication to our endeavor may be. Some of us may find that despite our devoutness and meticulousness not […]
Equilibrium
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With all the unprovoked anti-Semitic sentiment flaring all over the world  many of us will no doubt try to make sense or even come to terms with the situation around us. How could the world be angered at the Jewish People for mere self-defense? How has the oppressor been turned into the oppressed? These are […]
It’s a Miracle!
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“Its a Miracle!” – These are words that all us have used and misused. When something unlikely happens we tend to call it a “miracle”. However, many of us will find upon introspection that we use this exclamation rather loosely. We may find that we make such an exclamation because it satisfying religiously or distances […]
Israel and the Nations
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Jews all over the world are aware of the unusual hostility harbored by the Nations towards our people and our Country. Nevertheless, our long history among the Nations has been studded with periods of neutrality or even positivism. When the attitudes of the Nations towards the Jewish People are good, we experience a sense of […]
Letter of the Law
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Most of us will agree that the commandments of the Torah are divine and righteous. It is only reasonable that we should make all efforts to observe them in the most literal and meticulous manner possible. But sometimes we neglect the literal observance of a commandment because we feel that we understand the reason behind […]
Good Intentions, Bad Decisions
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The decisions we make in our lifetimes are usually motivated by harmless intentions. Few people do not really understand that harming someone else with his actions is repugnant. Sometimes we take a course of action with the specific intention of doing what we feel is right or correct. We do this with the best of […]
The Size of a Mitzvah
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Many people focus their energies on what appears to them to be an important commandment or a “big mitzvah,” often neglecting what they think is not such an important commandment or a “smaller mitzvah.” What makes one commandment more important to us than another or one mitzvah bigger than another is often subjective. Commonly, the […]
Salvation
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We turn our hopes to God when a difficult situation arises and we need to believe that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.  But as time passes and we do not see a way out of our situation, we are quick to dismiss that God has propitious plans for us, all […]
Unity
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Unity among the Jewish people definitely exists, perhaps more than among other people. When the life of a fellow Jew is at risk, Jews of all backgrounds come together to try to save him.  We perform  gemiluyoth hasadim for each other without any discrimination. Tolerance also exists among our people. We live in harmony with […]
I Don’t Know
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We lay great stress on off-hand knowledge. Who hasn’t been impressed by the breadth of knowledge of a great scholar especially one who is proficient in the subjects of the Torah? We may even find that we tend to dismiss a person who does not exhibit proficiency as unauthoritative or even incompetent, and certainly one […]