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(Not) Forgetting the Past – Parshas Ki Seitzei

On May 3rd, 2002, the movie, Spider-man was released. Critics and audiences agreed that it was a great film; the first to gross 100 million over a weekend, and at the time, was the most successful film based on a comic book. (Wikipedia) What most audience members did not know, is that one of its more »

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Our Inner World – Parshas Shoftim

First of all, I need to thank you Zavdi for introducing me to a great online game! I don’t think I’ve played an online game since I was a teenager but thanks to Zavdi’s recommendation, I went to americanhistoryusa.com/campaigntrail and was tested on my presidential knowledge. I chose the 11th president, President James Knox Polk, more »

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Wake Up! Rosh Chodesh Elul Parshas Re’eh

Uri Shachar, a young Israeli man, came to shul on Yom Kippur like he did every Yom Kippur, only that this Yom Kippur was different. It would be the first time he would say Yizkor for his beloved father. His father, Yaniv had passed away a short two months ago and Uri couldn’t stop thinking more »

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Cynicism and Fresh Perspectives Shabbos Nachamu

It seems to me that there are three types of shul-goers; there are those who come to daven, those who come to talk, and those who come to shush. You know who I’m talking about. The shushers. These are the people who really wanted to be librarians but were rejected because they wanted to read more »

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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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