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In our parsha, Ki Tavo, we find Moshe being repetitive with his goodbyes. Which seems excessive. At the end of chapter 26, he tells the people, “G-d is commanding you to keep the laws. … more
There is a mystical idea which suggests that hidden within every fire of destruction is the spark of redemption. Such, for example, was the case on Aug. 3, 1492, which was also the Ninth of Av, … more
Our parasha, Ki Tavo, contains a passage that has gained considerable fame due to its inclusion in the Haggadah: “And you shall call out and say before the L-rd, your G-d, ‘An Aramean … more
The setting: Jerusalem some twenty centuries ago. The occasion: bringing first fruits to the Temple. Here is the scene as the Mishnah describes it. Throughout Israel, villagers would gather in … more
It was the kind of thing you would hear from old men. “Things just ain’t the way they used to be.” “This new generation is going to hell in a handbasket.” “I … more
The authors of the Torah thought that food was so important that it is a discussed from the very first moments of man’s existence when Adam is told he can eat anything in the Garden of Eden … more
Josh Weinstock, this one’s for you! Thanks for never missing an article of mine. I figure every now and then you deserve one that’s sports themed! Second Sunday in September, the … more
In the three short years that Rabbi Daniel Glatstein has served the Five Towns, he has amassed a record of productive service to its spiritual needs. He is a rising star in the rabbinate and in … more
Last Thursday Politico published a story that “three former senior U.S. officials with knowledge of the matter” claimed the “U.S. government concluded within the past two years … more
With all my Denver-ness and Israeli-ness, on 9/11 I’m a New Yorker. While all Americans stand shoulder to shoulder in memory of this terrible day, in New York it’s different. … more
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