Viduy Verbalized

We are now in the "Ten Days of Teshuva (commonly translated as repentance)." The elements of Teshuva are verbal confession, regret, refraining from the negative behavior and pledging to do better.Verbal confession, Viduy, can be found explicitly in the Yom Kippur...
New for the New Year

New for the New Year

A righteous and well respected Rabbi was mourning the loss of his father. Because of his great sensitivity towards his father and the Mitzvah of respecting his parents, he was deeply concerned that he had not shown proper respect to his father during his lifetime. He...

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First Fruits Forever

First Fruits Forever

This week's reading begins with the Commandment of Bikkurim, bringing the first fruits to the Holy Temple, and other gifts that were given to the Priests, Levites and the poor. Having finished the process at the end of the third year, the farmer declared, "I have...

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A Tap on the Shoulder

A Tap on the Shoulder

To give to others is the best way to show you love them. Indeed, the Hebrew word “Ahava - Love” is a derivative of the Hebrew root “Hav,” which means to give. If someone gave you a gift, helped you when you were stranded on the side of the road, or even saved your...

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The Power of a Bribe

The Power of a Bribe

The traditional naming of the five books and the weekly readings in the Torah is done by simply using the first uncommon word of the book or reading. This week's reading, though, is aptly named, for it begins with Shoftim, judges, and many of the 41 Commandments found...

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Choosing Life, Every Day

Choosing Life, Every Day

Our reading this week begins, "See I have placed before you today blessing and curse. The blessing, if you listen to the Commandments of Hashem your G-d, which I have Commanded you this day. And the curse, if you will not listen to the Commandments of Hashem your G-d,...

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The Soul Purpose

The Soul Purpose

Health is always a relevant topic, but recently it has been the overarching topic on the minds of practically all of humanity. That, we’ve learned, is pandemic life. Besides the survival instinct that compels us to make healthy choices, many may be surprised to hear...

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