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Holy Times
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The parsha of Emor contains a chapter dedicated to the festivals of the Jewish year. There are five such passages in the Torah. Two, both in the book of Exodus (Ex. 23:14-17; 34:18, 22-23), are very brief. They refer only to the three pilgrimage festivals, Pesach, Shavuot and Sukkot. They do not specify their dates, […]
Today. Everyday. Change and the Challenge of Life
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There is nothing permanent except change – Heraclitus It is told of a king who once offered his beautiful daughter and half his kingdom to anyone who could provide for him something that would make him happy when he was sad and sad when he was happy.  Despite death being the consequence to anyone who […]
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 […]