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...
May We All Cry

May We All Cry

When do we cry? When we feel profound emotion due to something we observe or experience. The prophet Jeremiah writes of Jerusalem, “She cries intensely at night, her tear is on her cheek. She has no friends to console her. “ We will read this on Saturday night, the...

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Fight to Love, or Love to Fight?

Fight to Love, or Love to Fight?

Our daughter was just 2 years old when there was a fire in the apartment above ours. We all waited nervously on the hill outside the building, as everyone in the neighborhood gathered around to see the smoke rising from the roof, and to offer help to the families that...

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The Power of One

The Power of One

What can one person accomplish against a mob? This question is sadly relevant today, and this week's parsha (reading) provides the answer. At the end of last week's reading, after the evil prophet Bilaam failed to curse the Jews, he advised the Midianite King Balak to...

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Deductions for Non-Prophets

Deductions for Non-Prophets

“The Jewish people will never again have a prophet like Moses," says the Torah (Devarim 43:10). The Medrash notes that this verse is careful to say that “the Jewish people” will not have such a prophet. What about other nations? The Torah leaves open that possibility,...

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Get Fascinated!

Get Fascinated!

In the wake of Korach's rebellion in this week’s Torah portion, G-d instructs each tribe to place a wooden staff, labeled with its leader’s name, in the holiest chamber of the Tabernacle. G-d promised a sign to confirm the appointment of Aaron as the High Priest,...

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Listen for Your Prophecy

Listen for Your Prophecy

Many years ago, a young man was suggested to a family looking to find a good match for their daughter. He was scholarly, well-mannered, and had a great future ahead of him. The young lady’s family seriously considered introducing her to the young man, until her mother...

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