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To 120: Growing Old, Staying Young
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On 27 March 2012, to celebrate the diamond jubilee of the Queen, an ancient ceremony took place at Buckingham Palace. A number of institutions presented Loyal Addresses to the Queen, thanking her for her service to the nation. Among them was the Board of Deputies of British Jews. Its then president, Vivian Wineman, included in […]
I Hate Criticism – Odio Crítica
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“And it was in the fortieth year, in the twelve month, on the first day of the month, when Moshe spoke to the Bnai Yisroel according to everything that HASHEM said to them.” — Devarim 1:3 Moshe only rebuked the Jewish people at the end of his life When Moshe Rabbeinu was near the end […]
Devarim: A Time and a Place
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“He was in the wrong place at the wrong time.” We have all heard this phrase, and many of us have used it. It is especially apt when it is used to describe a person with many virtues and talents who just can’t use them because of the social or physical circumstances in which he […]
The Unbearable Heaviness of Being Moshe
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New books should represent new opportunities, new beginnings. The book of Devarim, however, is not a case in point. It begins with a retrospective, telling the sad tale of how we had arrived at that particular place and time. It recounts forfeited opportunities, and tells the story of how defeat eclipsed victory. The march to […]