Monthly Archives: September 2015

This Shabbos We Read Kohelet — some insights

This week, which is still Sukkot, on Shabbos, we will be reading Megillas Koheles. KOHELES’ theme: Shlomo, who in history was wiser than all, richer than all, more powerful than all, tries to see what is the point of life. He … Continue reading

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Chile is Trembling

Chile suffered a huge earthquake just a week ago.  That got reported in the papers.  However, since that time, every day, even today, Chile is trembling aftershocks with quake after quake rattling the ground. My father, when he was already … Continue reading

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Rebuilding Walls of Jerusalem – -strategies for making walls around our souls

In history, on the 25th day of Elul, the wall around Yerushalayim was finally finished in the days of Nechemeya.  The Jews had returned to Eretz Yisroel after the Babylon Exile.  Finally, at last at home in their own land, … Continue reading

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Neetzavim — (not just ohmdim)

Before Moshe’s death he assembled all of the Jews to give them parting words. He tells them [verse 9] “Atem Neetzavim Hayom” – we usually see it translated as “you are all standing here today”.  That is too easy a … Continue reading

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Nitzavim- Stand Tall (and don’t knock your fellow down)

This week’s Torah portion has Moshe assemble the Jews and has them all standing there, shoulder to shoulder.  Moshe addresses them:  [29:9] Atem Neetzavim Hayom – you are all standing here today, before G-d…your leaders, your elders, your law enforcers…your … Continue reading

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Parshas Kee Savo — recipe for happiness

This week’s Torah portion begins with a commandment Jews had when they would get to the land of Israel. The land of Israel way back when had an economy based on agriculture.  You plowed, you planted, you watered and weeded… and … Continue reading

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