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Jewish Time
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Different cultures tell different stories. The great novelists of the nineteenth century wrote fiction that is essentially ethical. Jane Austen and George Eliot explored the connection between character and happiness. There is a palpable continuity between their work and the book of Ruth. Dickens, more in the tradition of the prophets, wrote about society and its […]
The Greatness of Man (La Grandeza del Hombre)
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“And Yisroel came close to the day of his death, and he called to his son, to Yosef, and he said, “If I have found favor in your eyes, do to me a chessed and truth, please do not bury me in Mitzrayim.” — Bereishis 47:29 Rabbeinu Tam explains that Yaakov Avinu didn’t want to […]
Rabbi Weinreb’s Parasha Column, Vayechi
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“The Yoke’s On Us” We all have received blessings at one time or another. We have certainly received compliments. Over the course of time, we learn that sometimes the compliments are clearly flattering. But occasionally, ambiguous statements are made to us, leaving us confused and unable to determine with certainty whether we are being complimented […]
Heasfu – Assemble Yourselves!
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Schechina rests only upon one in a state of simcha… 2017 dawns on an age in which anger, negativity and personal animus is spiking across the nation and the world.  Disturbingly, this same trend seems to be etching its way ever deeper into our own Orthodox community.  For more and more Orthodox the sine qua […]
Parshat Vayigash 5777
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The powerful cliffhanger from the end of Mikeitz leads into the beginning of Vayigash. On man’s plans vs G-d’s plans The tragedy of the translation of the Bible. The long temporary fasts that will become festivals And the beautiful song, V’ZAKEINI TTA for Vayigash