Monthly Archives: February 2012

Why a Friend and Rabbi Helps Navigate Life

My father, may he live and be well, got an infection which landed us in the ER recently.  It was the day after a legal holiday…and anyone working in an Emergency Room can tell you its one of the days … Continue reading

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Outer and Inner Spirituality — the two altars

There were two Mizbachos/altars in the Mishkan [Tabernacle].  One was outside, filled with earth, on which the animals were brought as Karbanos.  It was made of Nechoshes – copper.  Inside the Tabernacle was the Zahav/gold one which was not used … Continue reading

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Gold Inside and Outside — Being a Vessel of Holiness

In this week’s Parsha we talk about two concepts that end up related.  One is about the commandment to make the Mishkan, where it says (Verse 8) “and they shall make for Me a sanctuary, and I will dwell among … Continue reading

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Planning Your Own Funeral Not a Bad Idea (so you can live life)

I think it was Erma Bombeck who wrote a will that said, ‘If I die suddenly, burn down my house so no one sees it….’ Or something to that effect.  She wanted to tidy up her house, wash those floors, … Continue reading

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Kabbalah is a Stomach Ache (as per Rabbi Yaakov Hillel)

I have a Chassidic soul, I admit it.  Anything esoteric and mystic pulls me like a strong magnetic invisible force.  Yet, it can lead to all kinds of disaster when it misplaces responsible decision making with hocus-pocus floof.  As I’ve … Continue reading

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The Kohain Did Not Flash His Thigh – Tzniyus is Holiness!

There I was in shul this past Shabbos, listening to the reading of the Torah.  Some women I know were there, too.  The Torah reader got to the verse that prohibits the placing of a stairway in front of any … Continue reading

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Unorthodox is Unhonest

I hate having to address it, but someone needs to say it.  When the memoir A Million Little Pieces hit the bestseller list, it looked amazing.  Yet, one honest sibling spoke up, and the frenzy thereafter showed up the million lies … Continue reading

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