Make a “See” Change

Before entering the land of Israel, the Jewish people asked to send in spies to understand the challenges they would face as they conquer the promised land. Moses sent twelve spies, all respected representatives of each of the twelve tribes. Among them were the...

A Manna of Perspective

G-d blessed the Jewish people with the miraculous Manna to collect each morning as they traveled and camped in the desert. Most, of course, were grateful for this daily sustenance, literally a gift from Heaven, but many of them complained. "If only we had meat! We...

Manhole Madness

One day Jack noticed his friend Bob, happily jumping up and down on a manhole cover, shouting, "Twenty-three! Twenty-three!" Bewildered by his friend's behavior, he asked him, "Why, Bob, are you so happy to be jumping on a manhole cover?" His friend replied, "Oh, I...

New Every Morning

Saturday night begins the holiday of Shavuos, the day when we received the Torah at Mt. Sinai. There is a common custom, observed in many Jewish communities, to spend all of Shavuos night awake, studying Torah, preparing to receive it in the morning. This custom...
Make a “See” Change

Make a “See” Change

Before entering the land of Israel, the Jewish people asked to send in spies to understand the challenges they would face as they conquer the promised land. Moses sent twelve spies, all respected representatives of each of the twelve tribes. Among them were the...

read more
A Manna of Perspective

A Manna of Perspective

G-d blessed the Jewish people with the miraculous Manna to collect each morning as they traveled and camped in the desert. Most, of course, were grateful for this daily sustenance, literally a gift from Heaven, but many of them complained. "If only we had meat! We...

read more
Manhole Madness

Manhole Madness

One day Jack noticed his friend Bob, happily jumping up and down on a manhole cover, shouting, "Twenty-three! Twenty-three!" Bewildered by his friend's behavior, he asked him, "Why, Bob, are you so happy to be jumping on a manhole cover?" His friend replied, "Oh, I...

read more
New Every Morning

New Every Morning

Saturday night begins the holiday of Shavuos, the day when we received the Torah at Mt. Sinai. There is a common custom, observed in many Jewish communities, to spend all of Shavuos night awake, studying Torah, preparing to receive it in the morning. This custom...

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Countering Chaos

Countering Chaos

The majority of this week's reading is devoted to G-d's warning of severe curses that will come upon the Jewish nation, if it acts with disregard for the laws of the Torah. As these curses come from a loving G-d, they stem from a place of love, and are a warning...

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Grabbing Hands

Grabbing Hands

Last November, the doors of an armored truck popped open as it was traveling on a San Diego freeway, dumping bags of cash onto the road. Traffic came to a halt as eager drivers abandoned their cars to scoop up the "free" money. Many handed in their windfalls as...

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Making the Days Count

Making the Days Count

In this week's reading, we learn a Mitzvah pertaining to the current time period on the Jewish calendar: the Counting of the Omer. After bringing a special offering of an Omer (sheaf) of grain on the second day of the Passover holiday, the Torah commands, "And you...

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Love Humans. Dogs Are Too Easy.

Love Humans. Dogs Are Too Easy.

An old Jewish man was shipwrecked on a desert island, and rescued after many long years. His rescuers were surprised he was able to survive all alone for that long. "How did you manage?" they asked. "I lived on fish and berries", he explained, "and of course I always...

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Lawfully Good

Lawfully Good

What does it mean to live life to its fullest? Do you imagine reading a storybook with your (grand)children, vacationing on the Mediterranean, or sky diving? It obviously depends upon whom you ask, but these answers share one thing in common - the freedom to choose....

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In Every Generation, Including Today’s

In Every Generation, Including Today’s

"In every generation they stand against us to destroy us, and the Holy One, Blessed be He, saves us from their hands." These words from the Passover Haggadah are as true today as they were when written, well over a millennium ago. They are also why threats, terror and...

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It’s That Time of Year Again!

It’s That Time of Year Again!

As we mentioned last week, the spiritual disease called "Tzaraas" shows itself as a physical blemish on the body and one's clothing. The Torah reading this week describes how it might even afflict the walls of a house. The process for diagnosis and removal of this...

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Little Prayers

Little Prayers

The Torah portions this week and next are devoted mostly to the spiritual disease of Tzara'as. Tzara'as is a physical blemish found on the body, clothing, or the walls of the house, that is diagnosed by a member of the Jewish priestly class, a Kohein. It is said to...

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