Gone AWOL

Yom Kippur, The Day of Atonement, which is in just a few days, is the culmination of the Ten Days of Repentance that began with Rosh Hashanah. A significant portion of the lengthy prayers of Yom Kippur is devoted to Viduy — confession of misdeeds, which includes a...
The Long Distance Call

The Long Distance Call

The verse says in Psalms [89:16], "Happy is the nation that knows the Teruah, the sound of the Shofar." Rav Tzvi E. Hertzberg zt"l asks, "why is it such a great thing to know the sound of a Shofar — and how does blowing a Shofar make G-d less angry and upset over all...

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It’s All in Our Hands

It’s All in Our Hands

An elderly man checked in to a small, quaint hotel, only to learn at the front desk that the single elevator was out of order. He asked a bellhop to bring his bags up to his room, implying that the tip would be worth the effort. It was ten minutes later before the...

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COVID Blessings

COVID Blessings

When a farmer is hit by a drought, or a destructive flood, this causes collateral damage to the market that buys his produce, and that sells him supplies. A disruption in one area of the supply chain disrupts all the other links in the chain... or so we think. The...

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Assisted Giving

Assisted Giving

If your neighbor's car won't start, there's a special Mitzvah (commandment) to give him (or her) a boost, call a mechanic, or do whatever it takes to get the car working again. "Do not ignore your brother if you see that his ox or donkey's load has fallen. Pick up the...

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Our Little Secret

Our Little Secret

"Be pure with G-d (Lev. 18:13)" — this is a beautiful expression, as well as a verse in this week's Torah portion. While it describes a lofty spiritual ideal, what does it mean in a practical sense? We've all met kind people. It's probably true that the majority of...

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The Guaranteed Road to Riches

The Guaranteed Road to Riches

"If I were a rich man..." Would you like to become wealthy? The Torah offers a tried and tested, universally successful road to riches, and it is found in this week's reading. The Children of Israel are commanded to tithe their produce: "You shall surely tithe all the...

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