Jacob: The First Syrian Refugee

November 21, 2015   We read today about the heart wrenching story of a family of Syrian refugees. Escaping from their oppressive environment, from the deceit and deception that they have been subjected to, they decide to leave the dangerous country where they live. They set out across treacherous terrain seeking a better life, risking …

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Nature vs. Nurture

November 14, 2015   Today’s Torah portion offers a fascinating insight into the age old question: nature vs. nurture. One of the oldest ongoing arguments in the history of psychology, each side in the debate raises equally valid points about which is more significant in explaining and determining a person’s personality and actions. Despite numerous …

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Why Sandy Koufax Still Matters

November 7, 2015   This week marks the 20th anniversary of the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin.   The anniversary was the source of much speculation about lu yehi – “what if”, or “if only.”  People wonder what would have happened had Rabin not been shot, especially in terms of relations with the Palestinians.  The conversation …

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