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The Power of the Womb, The Power of Prayer
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There is an almost universally shared “first photo” in modern baby albums – the somewhat blurry image captured on a pregnant woman’s first ultrasound.  The observations, “He looks like you!”  “She’s got your eyes!” are bandied about in good humor as parents, grandparents, friends and family begin the process of welcoming a new member to […]
Trust: When it Counts
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We see the advertisements, selling the trustworthiness of financial advisors and institutions. These commercials resonate with us because we know how important it is to trust the one with influence or control over our money, our assets. Certainly the same was true in Avraham’s time. It was a lucky man indeed who had someone he […]
A Friend in Need…
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A friend is a single soul dwelling in two bodies – Aristotle Picture the scene, a man, newly circumcised; just three days out from a painful procedure and still newly convalescing.  He is not only extremely uncomfortable but he is no “spring chicken” – he is, in fact, elderly.  So we have an old man, weakened […]
What’s Love Got to Do With It?
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“I’m getting married!” “Mazal tov!” Our young people are getting married!  This is a thing to be celebrated.  With marriage comes the continuity of Jewish tradition and culture.  Jewish families.  Jewish life.  Mazal tov!  Mazal tov!  L’chaim to us all! But wait!  Not all is well in the land of love and marriage.  For far […]
Refuge
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It is not your responsibility to finish the work [of perfecting the world], but you are not free to desist from it either – Rabbi Tarfon, Pirkei Avot 2:16 You can never feel another person’s pain. You can never understand the inner turmoil that turns another person’s mind, body and soul inside out, 24 hours a […]