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Setting Limits: Good Judgment and Living in the World
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Noach, the man of the earth, debased himself and planted a vineyard. He drank of the wine and became a drunk, and he uncovered himself within his tent. – Bereishit 9:20-21 Rabbi Chaim of Sanz once asked some of his chassidim, “What would you do if you found a wallet filled with money?” He added that, […]
Rachel Imenu’s Heritage
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How does the Torah describe the death of Rachel Imeinu when it happens (Parshat Vayishlach)? The place name and juxtaposition to birth are both significant. How does Yaakov describe her death to Yosef (in Parshat Vayechi)? Why does Yaakov emphasize that he buried her בדרך – “on the road”? Download the mekorot here Recorded at OU […]
To Remember. To Forget.
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Forgetfulness is a form of freedom. – Kahlil Gibran Without memory, there is no culture. Without memory, there would be no civilization, no society, no future. – Elie Wiesel Each of us is granted two precious and seemingly contradictory gifts – memory and forgetfulness. Of these two, we often value memory more, for without memory, we simply do […]
How We Teach.  How We Learn
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For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them. – Aristotle, The Nicomachean Ethics “Gather (Hakhel) together the people – let the men, women and the small children, and your stranger who is in your cities – so that they will learn, and they shall fear Hashem, and […]
Three Little Words…
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The ability to atone has always been the most remarkable of human features – Leon Uris Consider the very first children born to a woman; the first to ever to walk the earth, the sons of Adam and Eve.  Cain and Abel.  We know so little about them really.  Abel was a keeper of sheep, a […]
To Stand Alone
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A father is obligated to do the following for his son: to circumcise him, to redeem him if he is a first born, to teach him Torah, to find him a wife, and to teach him a trade. Others say: teaching him how to swim as well. – Kiddushin 29a The Boomers were not like the […]
Rachmanus, Rachmanus… Rodef Rachmanus!
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Rabbi Soloveitchik does not mince words, “The experience of Egyptian servitude underlies the very morality of the Jew.”  The import of what he asserts here is vital if we are to truly understand the call to holiness that is, at its foundation, what it means to be a Jew. Even for a people who have […]
If At First…
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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 Failure will make you better – Anonymous Our culture is relentless in driving us forward to do! do! do!   Everything is black and white.  You succeed, or you […]