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In the House of Lords there is a special chamber used as, among other things, the place where new Peers are robed before their introduction into the House. When my predecessor Lord Jakobovits was … more
Yitro is preeminently the parasha of the Asseret Hadibrot. The first of these statements begins with the famous words, “I am the L-rd your G-d, Who took you out of the land of Egypt, out of … more
When I was young, I was an avid reader of novels. As I’ve grown older, I have found myself more interested in good biographies, especially of great men, and I try to focus on what exactly … more
A previous column discussed the father-in-law-son-in-law relationship, using Lavan and Yaakov as the model protagonists. This week we will explore the same relationship through the eyes of … more
Prince Charming doesn’t always find Cinderella, and stories do not always have “happy” endings, as most of us learn the hard way. I remember once, after a harried chase, … more
Parashat Vayishlach begins by telling us that “Ya’akov sent malachim lifanuv (messengers ahead of him) to his brother Eisav, to the land of Seir, the field of Edom.” Rashi … more
You don’t hear much about them, and sometimes you don’t even know their names. But they are the true heroes and heroines in our lives and in our times. As I hope to demonstrate, it … more
From beginning to end, Genesis chapter 34, in this week’s parshat Vayishlach, tells a terrifying story. Dina, Jacob’s daughter — the only Jewish daughter mentioned in the entire … more
Judaism is supremely a religion of love … three loves. •You shall love your L-rd your G-d with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. (Deut. … more
Before they went out of style, mother-in-law jokes were very popular. Have you ever heard of a father-in-law joke? I have not, but I suppose if anyone were to author such a joke, it would be our … more
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