Thursday, July 24, 2014 Tammuz 26, 5774

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While perhaps not as famous as "Why is this night different from all other nights?" the phrase, "Let all who are hungry, come and eat," is certainly one of the more familiar quotations from the Haggadah. And while there are varying interpretations of this concept, the notion of welcoming a stranger to the seder table is a central theme of...
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Jon Erlbaum
What does it mean when we say that a person possesses a "Yiddishe Cup" (defined as a "Jewish head" or "Jewish way of thinking")? Throughout history, it has meant being good in school or exceeding in business, even to the extent of, say, outsmarting one's opponents. But the following story about the four cups of seder wine provides a far...
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Vayikra, Leviticus: 1:1-5:26
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Rabbi Shlomo Riskin
A story is told about a teenager from a secular American family who, after a number of years of living in Israel, decided to become observant. Although the family had been living there for nearly five years, the boy's mother still prepared a stuffed-turkey dinner for Thanksgiving. Wanting to honor his parents, as well as keep the laws of the...
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Sara Esther Crispe
Why are we shocked when a beautiful young woman takes back her abusive boyfriend? Or when someone refuses to leave a horrible marriage? From the outside looking in, it is impossible to comprehend choosing to remain in an unhealthy environment. It is so easy to feel that the person should simply get out! And no doubt, one should. But it...
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VAYAKHEL, Exodus 35:1-38:20
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Rabbi Joyce Newmark
I believe that one of the requirements of adolescence is that each generation of teens must find new and creative ways to annoy their parents and any other adult in the vicinity. In recent years, one such habit is the use of the word "whatever" as a response to almost any statement or question. "Whatever" means "I have better things...
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