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Sermons

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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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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