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Love is More Than the Negative of a Negative
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Why does God give us the Ten Commandments? Why does He make explicit that we are not, for example, to murder? The most obvious answer is that God commands us not to murder because human beings do murder. If we did not murder then the commandment itself would be so unnecessary. In Kedoshim, we are […]
“My Sin is Before Me Always”
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We live at a time when even the most “humble” amongst us seems to have a blog, or a Twitter account, or a website or, or, or… or some other way or means for amplifying his voice, perspectives, “teachings”, etc. As you can imagine, if the humble is so quick to trumpet his gifts then […]
Oops! is No Excuse
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“As Freud has shown, blunders are not the merest chance. They are the result of suppressed desires and conflicts. They are ripples on the surface of life, produced by unsuspected springs. And these may be very deep – as deep as the soul itself. The blunder may amount to the opening of a destiny.” -Joseph […]
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 […]