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Awareness Amidst the Abyss
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AWARENESS AMIDST THE ABYSS: PARSHAT KORACH Shira Smiles shiur 2015/5775 Summary by Channie Koplowitz Stein             Parshat Korach recounts the rebellion of Korach, Dothan, Aviram and 250 men against the leadership of Moshe, and then reports the terrible punishment Hashem meted out to them – the earth would open its “mouth”, swallow them and all […]
Indulgence and Intellect
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INDULGENCE AND INTELLECT – PARSHAT CHUKAS Shira Smiles shiur 2015/5775 Summary by Channie Koplowitz Stein             Parshat Chukas begins with a paradigmatic law known as a chok, consistently defined as a mitzvah to which we can ascribe no human, logical reason but which Hashem nevertheless requires of us. One must take a completely pure red […]
Parshat Eikev 5776
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Birkat HaMazon – and all brachot in its wake – are things many of us say all the time. So often and so natural, that we don’t really think about what we are saying. We should. And that was the goal of this show for Parshat Eikev
The Spirituality of Listening
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It is one of the most important words in Judaism, and also one of the least understood. Its two most famous occurrences are in last week’s parsha and this week’s: “Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one,” and “It shall come to pass if you surely listen to My commandments which I am commanding […]
In God We Trust
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Everyone has a price, or so we are told. Though we would love to believe that people of integrity do exist, people who cannot be bought, one of the unintended byproducts of capitalism is the subliminal message that everything is subject to negotiation. But is this unfortunate message an unavoidable conclusion of our way of […]
Eikev: Discipline and Suffering
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As a parent, grandparent, and psychologist, I am often considered to be something of an expert on parenting and child-rearing. In that capacity, I have frequently been asked to review or give an opinion about any of the plethora of books on the subject of raising one’s children.   Like in any genre, there are […]
Limiting Beliefs/Creencias Limitantes
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“And now Yisroel, what is HASHEM, your G-d asking of you? Merely to fear HASHEM, to go in all of His ways, to love Him, and serve Him with all of your heart and soul.” — Devarim 10:12 In this posuk, Moshe Rabbeinu set before the Jewish people the categories of human growth and accomplishments. […]
Who’s the Stranger?
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I´m a stranger in a strange land. – Carson McCullers, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter In Parshat Ekev, we are confronted with one of the most compelling – and counter-intuitive – obligations in all Torah.  “You too must befriend the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.” (Deut. 10:19)  This mitzvah […]