Monthly Archives: December 2014

For YOUR Deliverance, I await: Parshas Vayechi

This week’s Torah portion has the narrative of Yaakov’s blessings to his sons before his death.  Each one of the sons gets a unique blessing. Yaakov finishes the blessings and the verse says [49:28] “all these are tribes of Yisroel, … Continue reading

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If We Just Knew How Much G-d Loves Us…

Mispronounced, Misunderstood, but Beloved There is a verse in Shir Hashirim  which states “V’digloh Uleiy Ahava – and His flag is above me with love.”  We are taught that one way of understanding this phrase can be to say Digloh … Continue reading

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Our Service Down Here Aimed at the Temple Up There

Walking along a lakeshore one day, you spot a panoramic scene in the water.  There are beautiful trees and mountains, soaring birds, all captured by the clear surface of water.  It is so crystal clear you think that is where … Continue reading

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Some Injustices Are Just Not Forgiven

When I was younger and less jaded, I came across a chapter in Tehillim [Psalms] (Kuf-Tes 109) that bothered me to no end.  In a lament against those who hounded him, King David prays:    “may his days be few…may his … Continue reading

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Picking Our Struggles (or having it thrust upon us)

Vayishev Yaakov – and Yaakov settled.    RASHI quoting the Midrash:  Beekaysh Yaakov Layshayv B’Shalva– Yaakov wanted to live in tranquility.  And, therefore, he got the struggles and problems that follow. “Adam L’amal Yaga’ata” – man was created for struggle.  A … Continue reading

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Immaterial Materialism

On a trip to the Touro Synagogue in Newport, Rhode Island, one can read the names of the founding fathers, along with their job titles.  One Shul member had been financier to George Washington.  The others had equally fancy titles.  … Continue reading

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