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What’s Love Got to Do With It?
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“I’m getting married!” “Mazal tov!” Our young people are getting married!  This is a thing to be celebrated.  With marriage comes the continuity of Jewish tradition and culture.  Jewish families.  Jewish life.  Mazal tov!  Mazal tov!  L’chaim to us all! But wait!  Not all is well in the land of love and marriage.  For far […]
Refuge
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It is not your responsibility to finish the work [of perfecting the world], but you are not free to desist from it either – Rabbi Tarfon, Pirkei Avot 2:16 You can never feel another person’s pain. You can never understand the inner turmoil that turns another person’s mind, body and soul inside out, 24 hours a […]
“From the Mouths of…” – Spin, Propaganda and Lies
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From the beginning of time, half-truths, lies and falsehoods have been an effective weapon to soften, weaken and bring down nations and people.  The slanders used against the Jewish people throughout the generations have been designed to limit us, demonize us, and destroy us. They have always failed. But each generation seems destined and determined […]
So Hard to Say Goodbye
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I was in New York during the last months of my father’s life.  During that time, my father z’l stayed with my brother and sister-in-law in Toronto where they watched over and cared for him.  I, of course, came in to visit as much as I was able.  I had only just returned home after […]
No Man Is an Island
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…Ain’t it good to know that you’ve got a friend? – Carole King Passion. Hubris. Foolishness. When is a man’s charge to war a “call of righteousness” and when is it ego? Men all too often become consumed with their passions to right a perceived slight; all too often set afire by their quest for […]
With Eyes to See
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Who can doubt that miracles occur all the time?  Indeed, all of creation is miraculous.  To one with eyes to see, a flower is a miracle, the smile of a baby, the strength of a loving union, all miracles.  However, to those without eyes to see, the world can change beneath their feet and they […]