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Accomplishing our purpose

In this week’s Torah portion of Shemini, the Torah relates that on the inaugural day of the Mishkan (tabernacle), the traveling temporary home the Jewish people built for G-d in the desert, the two older sons of Aharon the high priest, Nadav and Avihu, brought an offering for G-d. The only problem is that it was not requested of them and therefore, the Torah calls it foreign fire. Their punishment: being consumed by a heavenly fire. What could be wrong with wanting to become closer to G-d through bringing a sacrifice?

Monday 04/10/2017
Fleeing the Egypt of our minds
Posted: April 10, 2017


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Wednesday 04/05/2017
Opening the door for Elijah
Posted: April 05, 2017


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Wednesday 03/29/2017
Vayikra: A rabbinic Facebook discussion
Posted: March 29, 2017

Vayikra, Leviticus 1:1-5:26

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Wednesday 03/22/2017
Plumbers and the ark
Posted: March 22, 2017

Vayakhel-Pekudei, Exodus 35:1-40:38

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Tuesday 03/14/2017
Patience is a necessity
Posted: March 14, 2017

Ki Tisa, Exodus: 30:11-34:35

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Wednesday 03/08/2017
How to be happy
Posted: March 08, 2017

Here’s a fun exercise: Next time you see a friend, ask him the two following questions. Question one: What is the opposite of love? Question two: What is the opposite of happiness?

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Wednesday 03/01/2017
Where is God?
Posted: March 01, 2017

Terumah, Exodus 25:1-27:19

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Wednesday 02/22/2017
Following the path
Posted: February 22, 2017

Mishpatim, Exodus 21:1-24:18

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Wednesday 02/08/2017
Deception for freedom
Posted: February 08, 2017

This week’s parshah, Beshalach, describes one of the greatest miracles in Jewish history, the Exodus from Egypt. Pharaoh acted, not for humane considerations, but because he was coerced by nationwide hysteria after the slaying of the firstborn (“for there was no house in which there was no death”).

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