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Seasons in the Sun
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Shabbat is a day of rest. The Torah teaches us that just as people need to rest one day in seven, so, too, the land of Israel, which is sensitive in more ways than we might have imagined, must rest for one year in seven. This sabbatical year, known as shmittah, is referred to as […]
Sanctify Life
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Sometimes life is simple; sometimes it is terribly complex. Simplicity is when the choices presented are clear; good and bad are easy to identify, and good is an easily accessible choice. Sometimes, though, we are forced to choose between two goods, or alternatively, to choose the lesser of two evils. It is in these situations […]
Parshas Emor
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ולא תחללו את שם קדשי ונקדשתי בתוך בני ישראל אני ה’ מקדשכם    כב:לב       Rashi says that lo sechalelu includes “do not do aveiros b’meizid.”  What this means is as the Rambam writes.  The Rambam (hilchos Yesodei Ha’Torah 5:10) says that if someone does an aveirah bi’shat nefesh l’hachis, in flagrant disdain, it […]
In Search of Jewish Identity
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The other day I was having a conversation with a Jewish intellectual and the question came up, as it often does, as to the nature of Jewish identity. What are we? What makes us Jewish? This has been one of the persisting debates about Jewish life ever since the nineteenth century. Until then, people by […]
K’doshim & Yom HaShoah 5776
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K’doshim is more than the name of a weekly sedra. It is what we call victims (and survivors) of the Holocaust and any others who died because they were Jewish. This week’s show focuses on the Holocaust and its impact on us… and touches upon the sedra, as well