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There Are No “Alternative Facts”
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Such an odd sequence, to pledge to “do” before hearing what it is that you are to do!  When a people makes such a pledge before a king or a tyrant, the only promise that will ensue is their own slavery.  There is only one leader before whom such a pledge should ever be undertaken […]
To Him Who is Prepared
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Before anything else, preparation is the key to success – Alexander Graham Bell   Dayeinu! Had He brought us to Mount Sinai, And not given us the Torah, It would have been enough for us! * * * There is an old Chinese proverb that states, “May you live in interesting times.”  On their face, […]
Denial Doesn’t Mean There Are No Consequences
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Denial is not a river in Egypt A small child believes that by closing his eyes, the “monsters” he fears cease to exist. When Moshe foretold of the plague of barad (hail), he warned Pharaoh that any person or animal left in the fields would be killed.  “Whoever among the servants of Pharaoh feared the […]
Moshe Rabeinu: To Grow, To Become Great
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New parents are always filled with excitement and apprehension.  This new child, their responsibility, is an amazing disruption.  Yes, disruption.  Nothing about their lives will be as it was.  What a newborn makes eminently clear, as Rav Shimon Shkop writes in his classic, Shaarei Yosher, is that human beings are essentially selfish.  When a newborn […]
Heasfu – Assemble Yourselves!
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Schechina rests only upon one in a state of simcha… 2017 dawns on an age in which anger, negativity and personal animus is spiking across the nation and the world.  Disturbingly, this same trend seems to be etching its way ever deeper into our own Orthodox community.  For more and more Orthodox the sine qua […]