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Upon Our Altars
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We welcome a new child into our homes and we are filled with joy, optimism, love and hope. We imagine the world we want for our new child. In our heart of hearts, we have an image of who that child will be when he grows up. A scholar. A mensch. A good match for […]
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 […]
Parenting Announcements
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The birth of a child is greeted with great fanfare – as well it should be. And yet, how strange when we think of our fancy birth announcements to consider the birth announcement of the greatest of all prophets, the one to gaze upon God panim al panim, the one whose name is associated with […]
Each to His Blessing
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A student pouts, kept after school for misbehaving in class. When it is time to finally dismiss the student, the teacher looks up from his desk. “You can go now,” he says. “It’s not fair,” the student complains. “You never keep any of the others after. They misbehave too.” The teacher considers the student’s words. […]
Through the Eyes of a Child
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Children exist in an Edentime of innocence, blissfully ignorant of the hardships their parents encounter or the many sacrifices they make or to the many things – large and small – they do to show their love. And then, in the blink of an eye, it is the steady glow of the yarzheit candle that […]
Yasher Koach: It’s Nice to Be Acknowledged
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The list of those who believe the adage that “any publicity is better than no publicity” is a long one. Yet there are many who look askance at the public acknowledgement others receive – whether for good deeds or bad, as if publicity itself detracts from our actions. Perhaps it is unwise – and a […]
Jealousy Rots, Envy Can Redeem
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Yaakov set up a monument over her grave; it is the monument of Rachel’s grave until today – Breishit 35:20 When we are informed that Yaakov “set up a monument over her grave” it seems superfluous to add, “it is the monument of Rachel’s grave until today.” Why the repetition? As we observe the yahrzeit […]
Starbucks and the Lesson of Jacob’s Pillow
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The sun is setting and Jacob rests his head after a harrowing day. He is fleeing from his brother Esau. In an open field Jacob gathers stones and makes a pillow of sorts so he can sleep before moving on in the morning. Amazingly, the Midrash describes a “fight” that breaks out between the stones […]
Love, Distorter of Time
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How often has a friend said, as he gets older, that “time seems to be going faster and faster every day.” And it is true, as we age, time does seem to accelerate. As young men, we were often anxious and impatient to “grow up already”. But time seemed to move slowly and every day […]