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How Should We Approach New Year, as Individuals or a People?

The start of the New Year, the month of Tishrei, is full of holy days, among them four foundational ones: Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur,...
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This Is the Time to Turn Back to God

Some might say it is a coincidence of our calendar that this week’s Torah portion, Ki Tavo, is read just before the High Holidays....
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Portion Challenges Us to Rethink What Is Just

On Sunday, Aug. 19, Jews around the world welcomed the month of Elul with a single blast of the shofar. At the kotel, women...

Are These Merely Laws, Totally Bereft of Soul?

Open a volume of the Code of Federal Regulations or a copy of your local township's ordinances and you'll likely find a dry tabulation...

Inspiring Change

These days, every business that seeks a viable future is being forced to rethink its ways. The same is true of our Jewish institutions...
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Haredi Take Spirit to the Battlefield

For decades, haredi men in Israel have received exemptions from otherwise mandatory service in the Israel Defense Forces to study in yeshivas instead. But...
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Seek Refuge in Most Glorious of Spots: Torah

A refuge comes in many forms. For many children, husbands and wives, home is a refuge, a shelter from the pressures of the world...

People Long to Have a Symbol of the Divine

 KI TISSA, Exodus 30:11-34:35Rav Abba bar Aha said: "It is difficult to fathom the character of this people: when asked to contribute to the...
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When Is Dissent Healthy and When Damaging?

Turn on the radio these days and you get an earful of the latest election news with the campaigns of President Barack Obama and...

Divine Power Is Absolute, but Humans Do Matter

Beginning with last week's Torah portion and continuing through this week's and those to follow, the story of the Exodus is full of miraculous...