A Visit to Sderot

May 28, 2011   Our sages question why God commands not once, but on several occasions that a census be taken of the people of Israel after their departure from Egypt. Rashi says God wanted them to be counted so frequently because of His tremendous love for His people, who were so precious to Him.  …

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“Always Listen to your Mother!”

May 7, 2011   The calendar unites us and binds us together, wherever we may be. Today’s torah portion is important because it tells us how to celebrate Jewish holidays. The reading goes into some detail about the holiday of Matzot, also known as Passover, and how to calculate the next upcoming holiday, Shavuot.  It …

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What I Told our Kids about the Terror Attacks in Israel

After the recent terrorist attack in Jerusalem and murder of the members of the Fogel family in the Israeli settlement of Itamar, I spoke with the children in our religious school about these acts of violence.   I told them that one of the first stories I learned from the Midrash when I was in …

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A New “Mah Nishtana:” Four Questions for Our Time

A Supplement Which You May Use At Your Seder   Bechol haleilot, On all other nights we eat hurried and rushed meals. Haleila hazeh, Tonight we are gathered together as a family without other distractions.   What can we do to strengthen our bonds as a family and to ensure that we focus our attention …

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