Losing His Head

In this week's reading, Moshe calls upon Pharoah to release the Jewish nation to worship in the desert, but "G-d said to Moshe, the heart of Pharoah is heavy, to release the people." [Ex. 7:14] The Medrash explains Pharoah's behavior with a parable. A lion and the...
A Next-Level Approach

A Next-Level Approach

We are keenly aware of many levels of communication and connection with others. Broadly speaking, the closest level of connection, of course, is when we converse face-to-face. But we can also communicate via video, on the phone, and through the written word. I'm not...

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What’s on the Other Side?

What’s on the Other Side?

What does G-d have in store for me next? This question must plague the mind of most of us from time to time, and it was likely the question on the mind of our Patriarch, Abraham. After moving with his family and his father to the land of Charan, Abraham is told to...

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Stop the Flow Before the Flood

Stop the Flow Before the Flood

The story of Noah and the great flood actually began at the end of last week's Torah portion. That is when G-d determined that the moral corruption of man had reached terminal levels. His decision was to erase all of mankind, indeed the whole world, and start afresh....

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Conversation Starter

Conversation Starter

This week is a time of new beginnings. First of all, we will read this week about Creation: the beginning of plant life, animal life, and ultimately human life. But second, a month of holiday observances: a week of preparatory prayers prior to the new year, Rosh...

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At Peace Without a Parachute

At Peace Without a Parachute

In Psalm 130, there is a statement that requires explanation. "If G-d should preserve wrongdoing, HaShem, who will stand? Because forgiveness is with You, in order that You be revered." [130:3-4] The first of these verses seems straightforward: since we all do wrong...

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Am I Fulfilling My Purpose?

Am I Fulfilling My Purpose?

Rosh Hashanah, the Day of Judgment, is also, per the majority opinion in the Talmud, the sixth and final day of Creation. It is on this day that Adam and Eve, the first couple, were brought into the world. And as we know, Adam was initially Created as a single...

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