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Empathy… the Jewish Way

To my dear son and daughter When Yosef is reunited with Binyamin for the first time the Torah says, “Then he fell upon his brother Binyamin’s necks and wept; and Binyamin wept on his neck” Rashi comments that the reason … Continue reading

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Hanukah: Time to ‘Speak Peaceably’ and ‘See the Light’

Hanukah is family time. It’s a time when most people in Israel enjoy a vacation, kids are off from school, and the air is filled with the waft of flavored doughnuts and festivity. There is also a sense of national … Continue reading

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Isn’t it time we learned to ‘speak peaceably’

There are two vital statements in this week’s Parsha which are most significant for us as a people, nation, and on a smaller scale as a family. We are all familiar with the story of Yosef and his brothers; the … Continue reading

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The entire Sefer Bereishit is full of stories regarding our Patriarchs and Matriarchs; the impact they had on the people around them and the Kiddush Hashem they achieved during the course of their productive and challenging lives. Yet as beautiful … Continue reading

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Walk with God…

To my dear son and daughter “Lech Lecha – Go for yourself” is recorded as one of the first commands which Hashem gave to Avram to test his loyalty. Indeed it is rather difficult for a person to pick up … Continue reading

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It all begins with our fellow man…

To my dear son and daughter, Hashem destroyed the world by means of the mabul; but why did He decide to do so? The Torah provides us with one reason, “…for all flesh corrupted its way upon the earth”; the … Continue reading

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Russian Convert and the High Holidays: To Begin Again…

What are the Yomim Noraim/High Holidays and what should they mean to us? Pose that question to an observant Israeli Jew and I imagine they will sum it all up with one word, “Teshuva – Repentance”; but pose the same … Continue reading

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