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...
Believe in the Goodness

Believe in the Goodness

In this week's Parsha, the first in the Book of Devarim, Deuteronomy, Moshe recounts before Israel the episode of the spies, in which one representative of each of the twelve tribes entered into Israel to spy it out, and they returned with an evil report (see Numbers...

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Start Building Now

Start Building Now

The portion this week begins with the laws of vows. The great Chassidic master, Rabbi Tzadok HaCohen ztl, established the following rule of biblical interpretation: the first place a particular word is used in the Torah is the word's essence, its foundation, and...

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The Face of A Dog

The Face of A Dog

In this week's reading, G-d tells Moshe to ascend Mt. Avarim and look upon the Promised Land, which Moshe would not enter. Rather, he would soon pass away, as his brother Aharon had before him. Moshe immediately (and selflessly) calls upon HaShem to appoint a new...

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Battle Back with Blessings

Battle Back with Blessings

In Jewish tradition, one can pray for others in both formal and informal settings. Simply saying "Be well!" — or, as Mr. Spock put it, "Live long and prosper!" — is a prayer. Even the most common term used for greetings in Hebrew is "peace be upon you," or simply a...

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In the Mind’s Eye

In the Mind’s Eye

You spot that fresh, warm chocolate cake, just pulled from the oven, calling out to you. The sweet, rich cocoa aroma invites you to help yourself to a healthy sized piece and savor the embrace of the fudge on your palate. The experience will overwhelm your emotions...

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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...

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