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If you’ve seen an advertisement for travel to Israel, or if you have checked out the website of Israel’s Ministry of Tourism, you may have seen a curious logo. Here it is: This is the … more
We end the Book of Vayikra with a double reading that is made up of the last three chapters of the Third Book of Torah. What is interesting is how relevant it is today. In a few weeks, we will … more
A home and a garden. Sounds biblical. After all, one of the first chapters in the Torah is the story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. But where was their home? Only the garden is mentioned. … more
I was speaking with a friend the other day, and I asked him, rhetorically, “Will this winter ever end?”  I’m not bothered by the cold (after all, before I moved to Rhode … more
Parashah Yitro contains some of the most sublime passages in the Torah.  The best-known section, of course, is the Aseret Hadibrot, the 10 utterances/pronouncements, better known as the Ten … more
“Be sure to follow the behaviors which the wise doctors prescribe, for walking in the light of their words is also our religious duty, thus upholding life in this physical world to be good and do good (l’tov u’lemeitiv).” (Rabbi Yisrael Salanter, Ohr Yisrael, Letter 22).  more
Once upon a time, in a faraway land, a man decided to take a hike through some hills. He had planned a 25-mile hike. When he reached the 24-mile mark, he got very tired and wished a car would come … more
Genesis 19:26 reads as follows: “But Lot’s wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt.” A very curious and enigmatic verse. Biblical commentators find it difficult to … more
Here we stand, mourning 200,000 lives lost to COVID, surrounded by the divisiveness of an ugly election year, fully feeling the weight of pandemic life that continues to weigh us down.  Now, … more
I am looking forward to ushering in the year 5781.  There.  I said it.  Yes, I acknowledge the sadness of not seeing my friends at shul. Yes, I feel the loss of not sharing meals … more
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