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...
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...

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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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