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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 […]
Moshe and Tziporah: Models of Personal Transformation
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Moshe’s lifelong struggle between being the son of bat Levi, being raised by bat Pharaoh, and being a Midianite for upwards of sixty years. What is the turning point? Why is Moshe’s final mission to fight the Midianites? Download the mekorot here Delivered at the OU Israel Center, 27 Tammuz 5778 (July 10th, 2018)  
Pinchas: Zealous for Peace
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How did Pinchas know what to do? The parallels between Baal Peor and the Golden Calf and how Pinchas learned how to act from Moshe’s reaction to the Golden Calf. Delivered at the OU Israel Center, 20 Tammuz 5778 (July 3rd, 2018)
The Age of Bilaam: Haters Gonna Hate
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From the beginning of time, half-truths, lies and falsehoods have been used effectively to soften, weaken and, ultimately, bring down nations.  Such a strategy of slander has been used against the Jewish people throughout the generations with the goal to intimidate us, limit us, demonize us, and destroy us. The strategy has always failed. But […]
Blind To The Blessings
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Rabbi Yechezkel Levenstein, the revered mashgiach and Ba’al Mussar was once riding in a cab and the Israeli driver related the following story: “Rebbi, when my friends and I completed our army service, we decided to go on a world tour. We found ourselves in the jungles of Africa one night when suddenly one of […]
Any Dispute for the Sake of Heaven
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Two couples, both new parents, enjoyed a rare evening out.  They naturally spoke about parenthood, with its many joys and challenges.  When one of the mothers asked the other how their baby was sleeping, the other replied, “through the night without a peep.”  The husband of the first mother looked at her incredulously and said, […]