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Humblebrags, Not-So-Humblebrags, and Internal Brags Parshas Korach

The pursuit of honor, in our tradition, traces itself back to the second Biblical tale – that of Cain and Abel; a story that revolves around Kayin’s jealousy of the honor and recognition bestowed upon his younger brother, Hevel. It’s a cautionary tale of how dangerous this quest for honor can be; ultimately it leads more »

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#METOO and Faith Yizkor Shavuos

I’d like to begin by reading to you a short piece by Wendy Langer: “My father had been gone for months. Across oceans, I imagined him walking beaches in leather strap sandals, sipping black coffee in a glass, thinking of us when he passed a payphone. He was far away from everything that tied him more »

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Yom Yerushalayim – Transforming Emotion into Action

On May 2nd, Mahmoud Abbas, in a rambling speech, suggested that the Holocaust was caused by the Jewish People; specifically the Jewish money-lenders and bankers, and the Holocaust had nothing to do with the Nazis racial and anti-Semitic views. Talk about blaming the victim.    I don’t know about you, but I did not find more »

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Between Cheerleaders and Blurred Faces: A Nuanced Look at Chumras Parshas Tazria Metzora

I’d like to begin by reading to you an article from this week’s USA Today: “The Houston Texans aren’t even bothering with the pretense. On their website is a photo gallery of the finalists from last weekend’s cheerleader tryouts, and visitors are encouraged to vote for their favorites. Are these action shots of the women more »

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Individual Greatness Through Community – Parshas Shmini/ Yom HaZikaron/ Yom Ha’atzmaut

In memory of my uncle, Avreimi Motzen, hy’d, a brave soldier taken too early in life, who embodied this idea of individual greatness through community About five years ago, a man by the name Aharon ran the New York City Marathon in four hours, fourteen minutes, and thirty-one seconds. That in it of itself, that’s more »

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Heaven’s Knocking on Our Door Yizkor Pesach

Exactly two weeks ago, on March 24th, somewhere between 1 and 2 million people nationwide demonstrated in support of tighter gun-control laws. March for our Lives, as the demonstration was named, was unique, not only because of the size of the demonstration; one of the largest in American history, but far more significantly because of more »

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Fixing Things That Aren’t Broken: After the Freedom of Soviet Jewry Parshas Tzav

This past week, Vladimir Putin made news by insinuating that Jews were behind the Russian meddling of the American elections. What did not make the news was that he was also “elected” president of Russia yet again. But we kind of saw that one coming now, didn’t we? There are many Russian Jews who are more »

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Jewish Nationalists and Jewish Globalists Parshas Vayikra

This week, on The Late Show, Stephen Colbert proclaimed himself to be “the one person Donald Trump hasn’t fired”. Of course, Colbert was referring to the recent firing of Rex Tillerson, the man who, if you Google him, still shows up as Secretary of State even though he found out he was fired this week. How did more »

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Standing Before G-d Parshas Vayakhel-Pekudei

Last week, the following op-ed appeared in the New York Times: “Like countless Jews before me, I am saying Kaddish, the traditional Jewish prayer of mourning. Three times a day, wherever I am in the world, I strive to find a minyan so I can recite these ancient Aramaic verses as a last measure of more »

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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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