Monthly Archives: March 2017

The Good Struggle — keep running the race

Olympics.  Able bodies, arms, legs, moving like well-oiled pistons.  Strength and muscle exhibited as the runner gains mile after mile until – finally – exultation – a cross of the finish line. Special Olympics.  A test more grueling, almost ugly … Continue reading

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Haftorah this Week – Four Who Will Connect to G-d

The Haftorah is from Yeshayahu.  The reading begins with the complaint of G-d against our nation for not doing the services we ought to have been doing for Him.  Verse 23:  You did not bring me a lamb… Did the … Continue reading

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Harness Your Evil Inclination (and put ‘im to work)

When a car hits an icy patch in the road and begins to skid, drivers are told not to turn against the skid.  If the car is skidding rightwards and the driver yanks the steering wheel immediately to the left, … Continue reading

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The Concept of Tzniyus

  Tzniyus, we jump to the word’s translation of modesty.  However, that translation doesn’t do it justice.    Tzniyus actually is about measurement, putting things in its proper weights, and in fact, in one place in the Torah (when discussing proper … Continue reading

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Every Person Counts in Klal Yisroel — All for one and one for all

KI SISA – WHEN YOU COUNT KI SISA – WHEN YOU COUNT is most often the translation given.  Yet, the words Kee Seesa actually means “when you lift up”.  The point of the count was to raise the self-esteem of … Continue reading

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Let’s Talk About Clothing – the Emperor Should Have Clothes On (as should we)

In this week’s Parsha, beginning in Chapter 28, we find the commandments related to the Priestly families’ clothing. Aron & his sons were singled out from among the Jews “Leh’kahanoh Lee” to be a Kohen for Me.  Rashi:  Lekahanoh – … Continue reading

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Wiping Out Amalek – Parshas Zachor Reminder

We begin next week with the celebration of Purim.   Wee-ha! But before we do that, ‘ere the week begins, this Shabbos there will be a special Torah reading that correlates to Purim.  It is a very short few lines known … Continue reading

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