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Ki Tavo: To Each His Language
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There was a time when the literary treasures of the Jewish people were accessible only to those with a reading knowledge of Hebrew. This is no longer the case. I know of no major Jewish religious work which has not been translated into English in recent years and, in most instances, into many other languages […]
Ki Teitzei: The Rich Fruits of Forgiveness
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The spirit of forgiveness is in the air. Since the beginning of this month, the month of Elul, Sephardic communities have been reciting selichot, prayers petitioning the Almighty for his forgiveness. They have been doing so each and every day, rising before dawn in order to get to the synagogue on time. Ashkenazic communities, following […]
Shoftim: Tree-like
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I love metaphors. An apt metaphor can help stimulate boundless creativity and can lead to a deeper and richer understanding of the concept being studied. Take, for example, the metaphor of a tree as representing a human being. We find this metaphor in this week’s Torah portion, Shoftim, in the following verse: “When you besiege […]
Re’eh: Acquiring Faith
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This week’s Torah portion, Parshat Re’eh (Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17), invariably is read near the beginning of the Hebrew month of Elul. Elul is the last month of the year before Rosh Hashanah. It has a special place in religious life because it is viewed as a time to prepare oneself for the process of divine judgment, […]
Devarim: A Time and a Place
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“He was in the wrong place at the wrong time.” We have all heard this phrase, and many of us have used it. It is especially apt when it is used to describe a person with many virtues and talents who just can’t use them because of the social or physical circumstances in which he […]
Pinchas: Avoiding a Hateful Heart
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Love is an emotion. It is a feeling, often a very passionate one, that we have toward another person, creature, or object. Our Torah speaks of the love we are to have for each other, for the stranger in our midst, and for the Almighty. Scripture alludes to the love a man and woman have […]
Balak: Balaam and Dostoevsky
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Frustration. Disillusionment. But also insight and a lifelong intellectual perspective. That is how I would describe the experience I am about to share with you, dear reader. It all started with Dostoevsky. That’s right, Fyodor Dostoevsky, the famous 19th century Russian novelist, author of Crime and Punishment and The Brothers Karamazov, and much more. His […]
Chukat: The Many Songs of Leadership
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Everyone has his or her own voice. Some express it loudly and clearly; some just mumble or whisper. There are those who let their voices be heard only in their professional lives and are silent and withdrawn at home. Others use their voices only within their families and stifle their voices in the outside world. […]
Rabbi Weinreb’s Parasha Column, Shelach
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“History Repeats Itself” History repeats itself. I don’t know the origin of that cliché, but I do know that our Sages held a similar point of view. “Ma’aseh avot siman labanim.” What happened with ancestors is often a pattern that their descendants are destined to follow. The repetitive nature of historical processes seems to be […]