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Each and Every Day: Holiness is Step by Step
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My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind. – Albert Einstein Central to the narrative in Shemot is the transformation of the people into the nation of Israel from the remnants of our […]
It Takes a Village: The Music of a Community
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In the movie, Mary Poppins, we are introduced to Dick van Dyke’s character, Bert, when he is performing as a “one-man band.” It is fascinating, watching how he plays drums, percussion, accordion, brass… all together and creating a.. a what? Music? Noise? A mere cacophony of sound. One could be forgiven for concluding that Bert’s […]
To Walk Behind God
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The print advertisements for Patek Phillippe, a luxury watch brand, often show a father with his son along with the tag line, “You never actually own a Patek Philippe, you merely look after it for the next generation.”The message is clear. With things of great worth, we can never claim real ownership, only a type […]
Who Can Legislate Morality?
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If there is no God, everything is permitted. -Fyodor Dostoevsky No one understands better than the Jew that God is the foundation not only for behavior – how we are to act in the world – but also for morality – how we are to be in the world. And, while the two, action and […]
Life as a Symphony: Shirah and Becoming an Adult
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We are each but a quarter note in a grand symphony. – Guy Laliberte The conductor takes his place upon the podium. He raises his baton. A hush falls over the hall and there is a moment of exquisite silence, during which it seems as if the world itself holds its breath in anticipation. Then, […]
Time and Meaning: Each Second, Each Moment
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The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once. – Albert Einstein “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.” Henry David Thoreau is unequivocal in his harsh assessment of the way in which most men move through their lives. The question is, How is his judgment relevant to our […]
Enough!
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It is easier to take Jews out of Galus than to take the Galus out of the Jews – Chasidic Master Ever been accused of “being your own worst enemy”? In a world filled with real dangers, from cheating merchants to terrorists, how could such an accusation have any real merit? Easy. As Sol Herzig […]