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Love and Marriage
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Not long ago, I was walking along when I noticed a sign in a storefront window, “SAT prep.”  Beneath the sign was another sign that read, “A must for success!”  Hmm, I thought to myself, that’s interesting.  We offer preparation classes for all sorts of things, except the things that we really need preparation for! […]
The Cynic No Longer Whispers
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Cynicism masquerades as wisdom, but it is the farthest thing from it. Because cynics don’t learn anything. Because cynicism is a self-imposed blindness, a rejection of the world because we are afraid it will hurt us or disappoint us.  – Stephen Colbert Cynicism is a posture and language that is both weapon and shield – […]
Matchmaking: A Holy Task
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We think of the many things we do in our lives and the remarkable pressure we feel to perform.  We come up to bat in the bottom of the last inning, two outs and runners in scoring position; we sit in classrooms with our palm sweating, waiting to take an exam; we argue in courtrooms […]
Lot: Who Are You?
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Well, who are you? (Who are you? Who, who, who, who?) I really wanna know (Who are you? Who, who, who, who?) Tell me, who are you? (Who are you? Who, who, who, who?) ‘Cause I really wanna know (Who are you? Who, who, who, who?)                   […]
Noach: Until the Waters Lap at Our Feet
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  Noach was a righteous man in his generation… – Breishit 6:9 Only a short few years ago, a hurricane formed in the mid-Atlantic.  The various weather services and weather broadcasters developed a number of scenarios, probabilities, as to where the hurricane would make landfall and how powerful it would be at that point.  As the […]
Shalom Habayit. Shalom Aleinu: A Plea for Peace and Understanding
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“Why can’t we all just get along?” – Rodney King Few people could have greater justification to cry out for vengeance than Rodney King.  Videotape captured five Los Angeles police officers beating the African-American construction worker, with several other officers standing by without taking any action to stop the beating.  Four of the officers were […]
To Be Pure, To Be Whole-Hearted
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You shall be Tamim with the Lord, your God – Devarim 18:13 Rashi interprets this verse in Devarim to mean, “Walk with Him with wholeheartedness (temimus).  Trust in what He has in store for you and do not delve into the future. But rather, whatever comes upon you accept with wholeheartedness and then you will […]
Fins and Scales: Fish, Children and Scholars
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Duality.  Ambition or integrity.  Scholarship or creativity.  Which of these two qualities should take priority in our lives… and what do fish have to do with making the determination?  As it turns out, fish have a great deal to do with how we understand ourselves and our mission in the world.  But to understand why […]
Who’s the Stranger?
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I´m a stranger in a strange land. – Carson McCullers, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter In Parshat Ekev, we are confronted with one of the most compelling – and counter-intuitive – obligations in all Torah.  “You too must befriend the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.” (Deut. 10:19)  This mitzvah […]