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Seven: The Power of Numbers
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Numbers have power and significance. Some numbers have greater significance than others, often due to their properties as primes or unique, or their role in anchoring our numbering system. The number one is unique. It is the identity number. It is, by definition, singular. “Who Knows One?” goes the Passover song. “One is our G-d […]
There’s No Place Like Home
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Unfortunately, sometimes relationships deteriorate, and when they do, each side has thoughts about the wisdom of continuing, of staying together. Is the heartache worth it, the emotional cost justifiable? What if the relationship in question is between God and His Chosen People? What happens when that relationship deteriorates? If they have a “trial separation,” what […]
Purpose of Shemittah
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Introduction Shemot + Devarim : Vayikra The commandments of the Torah provide guidelines governing man’s relationships with Hashem, other people, and the world as a whole.  In some cases, the reason for a particular mitzvah appears abundantly clear, while in others it is more complex.  The institution of the Sabbatical Year (“שְׁנַת הַשֶּׁבַע שְׁנַת הַשְּׁמִטָּה”) is […]