Monthly Archives: February 2012

Parshat Terumah 2012-Your Own Personal Temple

The next few parshiot are difficult to deal with since they all involve the Mishkan (Tabernacle).  After all, could most people imagine giving up all of your valuables to the synagogue, especially when back then most people didn’t even really … Continue reading

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The Jewish Lemming Complex

I did this piece in response to a question online I received about whether we have to stick up for Israel.  I thought the answer was obvious but some other Jewish leaders felt otherwise.  My response to this issue: we … Continue reading

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Parshat Mishpatim-Insights Into Slavery

If slavery is bad, how can the Torah allow it? What we can learn about an outdated institution. Continue reading

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Advocating for Israel

There’s always so much negativity in the news about Israel. And the good news often gets buried. Do influential Jews—bloggers, journalists, religious leaders—have an obligation to spread the word about positive developments coming out of Israel, in order to shed some positive light on Israel? Continue reading

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Parshat Yitro 2012-Anticipation

Yes, most people who know me would be very surprised that I’m watching the Superbowl.  They wouldn’t be so surprised to know I’m writing this during the halftime break and that my inspiration was in fact this game. Let’s be … Continue reading

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Parshat Beshalach 2012-Different Yet Together

I’m not going to claim originality in this piece.  I first heard it from R’ Yaackov Reisman of Agudath Israel.  A very respected scholar and community leader.   When the Jews finally hopped into the water of the Red Sea … Continue reading

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Proud to be a Jew-Torah

The Koreans inspired me to do this piece.  If Koreans want to learn the way we learn and think the way we think, shouldn’t we be celebrate that?  I mean it’s the land of Hyudai and Daewoo.  Can’t beat that!

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