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Healing the Trauma of Loss
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It took me two years to recover from the death of my father, of blessed memory. To this day, almost twenty years later, I am not sure why. He did not die suddenly or young. He was well into his eighties. In his last years he had to undergo five operations, each of which sapped […]
Healing from the Trauma of Loss (Chukat 5776)
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It took me two years to recover from the death of my father, of blessed memory. To this day, almost twenty years later, I am not sure why. He did not die suddenly or young. He was well into his eighties. In his last years he had to undergo five operations, each of which sapped […]
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 There are those who let their voices be heard only in their professional lives and are silent and withdrawn at home.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. […]
A Question of Propriety
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Something had changed. These were not the people who had left Egypt; that generation had already perished. This was a new generation, either born or raised in freedom. The only leader they had known was Moshe; Pharaoh was a name from the past, someone their parents told them about on Passover. This generation would be […]
To Sing a New Song…
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When I was a principal, I would often walk through the halls of my school during class.  When I did, I would glance in the classrooms and, even with the doors closed and in the relative silence of the hallway, I would be able to identify what I considered a “successful” classroom. It is, of […]
Tribute to the Tachash
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Shira Smiles shiur – 2016/5776 Summary by Channie Koplowitz Stein Parshat Terumah contains the beautiful verse that reveals Hashem’s love for us. He tells us, “Make for Me a sanctuary that I may dwell among them.” The parsha then continues with detailed instructions on how to build the structure and all the vessels necessary for […]