Monthly Archives: October 2010

Us Jews and Chosenness

About two weeks ago, I led a discussion group for Meor at NYU on the topic of why Jews were chosen to be G-d’s special nation. Specifically, I spoke about how the deeds of the forefathers directly impacted us as … Continue reading

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Hayei Sarah 2010

Summary: Avraham buys burial plot in Hevron for his wife Sarah. Avraham sends his slave Eliezer to find Yitzhak his son a wife from his family in Aram (modern day Syria). Eliezer encounters Rivka, a cousin, and selects her as … Continue reading

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Everything in Moderation

In light of the upcoming election and the entertaining yet scary prospects for our candidates this Nov. 2 (all of them. I’m not taking sides), I’ve decided to reprint this piece as it is helpful in making the decision of who is the lesser evil. Continue reading

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Parshat Vayeira 2010-Do Now, Ask Later

We all take leaps of faith on a regular basis, some tiny and some quite large. The point is that there is more than one source of reliable information besides the ones you might be presented with in print, electronic media, or lectures. Observation, personal reflection, and gut instinct can all be solid sources of information in making educated decisions. Continue reading

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Parshat Lech Lcha 2010-Staying close to family

Summary: Avram leaves his homeland in Mesopotamia, somewhere in the modern day Syria/Iraq area. A famine forces Avram down to Egypt where he amasses a small fortune. Avram parts ways with Lot, his cousin, after a dispute over theft. Avraham … Continue reading

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Iranian Jews 30 Years After the Revolution

When we think of modern Jewish anti-Semitism and atrocities, everything thinks about the Holocaust. It was terrible and it would be difficult to say that enough could be said about it. What I wish could be said is that it … Continue reading

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Parshat Noah 2010-Keeping up with the Jonesteins

With money it may not be the best idea to keep up with the Jones, but in spiritual matters it might not be so bad. Continue reading

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