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Everyone Has a Right to Sanctuary – Parashat Matot-Mas’ei 2019

Parashat Mas’ei, the last portion of Ba-Midbar, is both backward and forward looking in nature: It is backward looking, because it begins with a recapitulation of all the places the Israelites sojourned in the wilderness; and it is forward looking … Continue reading

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Doubt and Certainty – Parashat Naso 2012

The Torah teaches that our great, great, great grandfather, Levi, had three sons.  Their names were Gershon, Kehat, and Merari.  All three sons, along with their children and grandchildren, ended up going into the family business: Being the caretakers of … Continue reading

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Clear Out Your Junk – Parashat Mas’ei 2011

One summer at Camp Ramah in New England, I took woodworking.  Over the course of the summer I designed and built a cabinet.  It wasn’t much to look at – just a big rectangular cabinet made of unfinished and unstained … Continue reading

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Keeping Up With the Joneses – Parashat Balak 2011

Tomorrow morning, we will read the story of Balak ben Tzipor, a king of an ancient people called Moab.  Balak witnesses a nation of former slaves called Israel inflict crushing military defeats upon the nations surrounding his own.  He assumes … Continue reading

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Born This Way – Parashat Sh’lakh L’kha 2011

I want to take this opportunity to tell my beautiful niece, Dana Isabel, Dorit Chaya, one of my favorite stories.  There once was a hasid who went to great lengths seeking the secret of Moses’ greatness.  After many years of … Continue reading

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