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The lesson of temporary residence

Financial life should be very simple, according to the Torah. That’s because people who don’t own anything have simple financial lives. And according to the Torah, no one actually owns anything! This is not a communist approach, but rather a biblical approach.

Wednesday 05/10/2017
Before you take, think of others
Posted: May 10, 2017

Parshat Emor outlines the “fixed times” of the year – the sacred festivals of the Jewish people. It instructs us to count the seven weeks of seven days between Pesach and Shavuot. This is the Counting of the Omer, the season in which we currently find ourselves.

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Wednesday 05/03/2017
Judge with righteousness
Posted: May 03, 2017

On Yom Kippur morning, a number of years ago, a congregant comes over to me and says, “Rabbi, Look what I’m wearing on my feet.” I look down and notice his new shoes. He continues, “Last night after Kol Nidrei you announced we do not wear leather shoes on Yom Kippur. So I went to the mall and bought these non-leather shoes!”

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Wednesday 04/26/2017
Time travel through Torah
Posted: April 26, 2017

As I study Torah, I sometimes imagine myself a time traveler, trying to glean some awareness of the lives of my Israelite ancestors without the perspective of my own contemporary view of the world. This week’s Torah portion, Tazria-Metzora, provides me with a challenging journey through time.

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Wednesday 04/19/2017
Accomplishing our purpose
Posted: April 19, 2017

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?

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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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