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Do we really appreciate all the gifts we have, and how blessed we are even with all the challenges life gives us? … more
This Shabbos we read Isaiah 49:14-51:3, second of the seven Haftarot of Consolation read in the weeks after Tisha b’Av. In last week’s haftarah, Isaiah’s words of consolation … more
Our parasha, Eikev, contains a phrase, familiar to many, that is found in the first blessing of the Shemoneh Esrei: “He is the great (hagadol), mighty (hagibor) and awesome … more
As a parent, grandparent, and psychologist, I am often considered to be something of an expert on parenting and child-rearing. In that capacity, I have frequently been asked to opine on books … more
Our parsha, Eikev, begins with these words: “If only you would listen to these laws…” (Deut. 7:12). They contain a verb that is a fundamental motif of the book of Devarim. The … more
This week’s haftarah is the single most longed-for haftarah of the entire year. Until now, the Three Weeks and Tisha b’Av have forced us to focus upon the trials and tribulations of … more
Buried inconspicuously in this week’s parsha, Vaetchanan, is a short sentence with explosive potential, causing us to think again about both the nature of Jewish history and the Jewish task … more
I am a worrier. My friends and family tease me about it. I sometimes worry about personal matters, and sometimes about professional concerns. More often, I worry about things that are going … more
I can still remember the feeling of the weight seeming to lift from my shoulders. It was the summer of 1986, and I had just returned my gear after four-and-a-half years in the Israeli army. … more
Beloved by his entire generation and revered for his incredible knowledge of Torah, he was given the chance to get out of 1939 Poland; safe passage to America had been secured and a new life was … more
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