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Non-Trends in Jewish Life – Parshas Devarim

One of my favorite stories is about the author of the Jewish Code of Law, Rav Yosef Caro. Apparently, he was troubled by a passage in the Talmud for many, many years. And he would always come back to this passage and try to come up with solutions to the question, but to no avail. more »

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Dealing with tragedy: The Secret of Tachanun

If one were to rank our daily prayers from most beloved to least – something we should never do – but if we were to, without a doubt Tachanun would come in at dead last. Tachanun, for the uninitiated, is a prayer said after the weekday Amidah, the Shemone Esrei, at both the morning and more »

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Reclaiming Trust: Restore the Judges of Old – Parshas Pinchas

The leadership guru, Jim Collins, in his bestseller, Good to Great, describes something he calls, “The Window and the Mirror.” With good leaders, he explains, when something is going well, they look in the window – out – at all their workers and employees and attribute the success to all of them. When something is more »

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Thoughts and Prayers Parshas Behaalos’cha

A few weeks ago, we had a lecturer here talk about gun control and Jewish law. I do not plan on rehashing any of the arguments for or against – it’s a really loaded topic. Pun intended. I do want to talk about something that does come up in the context of gun control and more »

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Get a Torah Fitbit! Erev Shavuos

So a little while ago, I went to the doctor and he told me I have to get some more exercise. I thought to myself, no big deal, I do exercise. I play roller hockey every once in a while. It’s a fast-paced game, great cardio workout – I’ll just play more often. But it more »

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Making of a Sports Dynasty… and a Gadol Parshas Nasso

Mazel Tov to all Torontonians on the Toronto Raptors winning the NBA finals! What’s amazing is that it’s not just Toronto celebrating the Raptors win. All of Canada thinks the Raptors play for them! What’s ironic is that we are the same Canadians who get so upset when someone’s like, “Oh, you’re from Toronto, do more »

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Yerushalayim: a Gift and a Responsibility Parshas Bechukosai

In the year 1263, Nachmanides, Rabbi Moshe ben Nachman, the undisputed leader of world Jewry, was forced to debate Pablo Christiani, an apostate Jew, and defend our faith. The debate took place in Spain and was orchestrated by King James, who promised Nachmanides that he would have complete freedom of speech. Nachmanides, otherwise known as more »

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Who will Write our History? We will! Parshas Acharei Mos

Imagine for a moment that the gun had not jammed. Imagine for a moment that his aim at Rabbi Goldstein had been more precise. Imagine for a moment that a former combat veteran had not been in attendance. Those are but some of the thoughts that crossed many of our minds after hearing of the more »

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Cleaning for Pesach with Joy

So I’ve been cleaning for Pesach here in the shul, and let me tell you there is a lot of crazy stuff that’s left around here. I started in the fridge room to throw away all the accumulated food that’s expired that’s been sitting in our fridge. While there, I found a bottle of ‘Baltimore’s more »

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Young (of Heart) vs. Old

There seems to be endless talk about division these days. Whether it’s those fighting tooth and nail over the future of Britain, the vicious campaigning for the upcoming elections in Israel, or the widening gulf between Republicans and Democrats here in America, there are no shortage of ideas or values that are ripping us apart. more »

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