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Sermons

Life Lessons from Harry Potter_Parshas Terumah

My high school principal was a brilliant man who was also very wise – unfortunately, those two do not always go together. Rabbi Eliezer Breitowitz, our principal, was blessed with a wealth of knowledge and an uncommon amount of common sense. In middle of eleventh grade, a young man applied to the school. Applying to more »

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The Opioid Epidemic: Nothing as Whole as a Broken Heart Parshas Mishpatim

As a very young child, I remember thinking that my family was part of a Chassidic dynasty. There is a Chassidic group known as Modzhitz; they’re most famous for their music; the many beautiful songs their Rebbes composed, such as the tune I use every month for Birkas Hachodesh. Well, Modzhitz, Motzen – they kind more »

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MIA – DCA: Three Perspectives of Torah Observance Parshas Yisro

You learn new things all the time. I always thought that the word ‘return’ means to go back to where you started. And so you would think that when you click ‘return flight’ on an airline website that they would make sure your return flight takes you back to the same airport. Well I learned more »

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What Should Keep Leaders Up at Night Parshas Bo

You know what I really don’t understand, how we still have blind spots. How could it be that we have self-driving cars driving around the country, that we are seriously talking about flying cars, and we still haven’t figured out how to change lines safely without smashing into an oil tanker?! We have cars that more »

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Judaism and Racism

Racism and Judaism is an important topic and therefore one that I would like to address honestly. Now, of course you should expect all topics that I discuss to be addressed honestly, but after perusing the world wide web, I think it’s safe to say that much of the Jewish treatment of this topic is more »

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Decreasing Light/ Increasing Light

There is a well-known debate in the Talmud between the schools of Hillel and Shammai about how to light the Chanukah candles. Shammai suggests that on the first night we should light eight candles, on the second night we should light seven, on the third night six, etc. etc. Hillel argues. He takes the view more »

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Jerusalem: How a Jew should Read the News Parshas Vayeishev

Everywhere I’ve gone over the past three days, shiva houses, hospitals, home visits, conversations with friends and conversations with strangers, I’ve received the same question over and over again: What do you think about the news? What do you make of Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem being the eternal capital of the State of Israel? Ill-timed? more »

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Jewish Patriotism Parshas Chayei Sarah

I’d like to begin by acknowledging and thanking all the Veterans in this room. Words cannot convey the debt of gratitude that we have to those who have bravely protected us, allowing us to enjoy the freedoms that this great country stands for. Thank you. I believe that Veterans are not only important for what more »

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Politics, Politicians, and Judaism Parshas Vayera

This Wednesday, November 8, will mark the one-year anniversary of Donald Trump being elected as president of the United States of America. I’ve shied away from even mentioning politics for the past little while as I thought we all needed a break – I certainly did. But today, I’d like to take a few moments more »

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Belief in G-d: What it Means and what it Takes Parshas Lech Lecha

“If somehow you knew, for a fact, that G-d does not exist, would you still be an observant Jew?”   This was a question posed to me by one of my students last week. And without any hesitation I answered that if I somehow knew for a fact that G-d does not exist, I would more »

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