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Up Close and Far Away: Parashat Bo 5782

Whenever I talk to or run into someone I haven’t spoken to or seen in a while, and they say something like, “I love seeing pictures of your family on social media; your kids always look so happy and well-behaved. … Continue reading

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Our Kids – Yom Kippur 5776/2015

They have become the most powerful symbols of the past year. But before they were symbols, they were people. Early each morning, sometimes before sunrise, 3 year-old Aylan would sneak quietly out of his bed, shuffle softly against the stone … Continue reading

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Illumin8: 6th Night – Missing the Miracle

One of my favorite midrashim (rabbinic interpretations of Scripture) centers on the story of the Red Sea splitting. God dramatically splits the sea, allowing the Children of Israel to narrowly escape Pharaoh’s charging army. The Children of Israel “marched through the sea on … Continue reading

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My Song and My Strength – Parashat Beshallah 2012

The splitting of the Sea of Reeds is, perhaps, the most exhilarating scene in the Torah: The Israelites, escaping Pharaoh’s cruel slavery, hastily flee from Egypt and camp at the banks of the Sea.  Meanwhile, Pharaoh’s heart is hardened one … Continue reading

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Becoming God’s Love – Parashat Bo 2012

Since this summer, I have been teaching a short class each Wednesday morning on the Tomer Devorah, the Palm Tree of Deborah.  The Tomer Devorah, which was written by Rabbi Moshe Cordovero, a medieval Sephardic mystic, is about the notion … Continue reading

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