Second Chances

“Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it, for their evil has come up before me.” (Jonah 1:2) This is not the first time Jonah makes an appearance. During the reign of Jeroboam II the son of Yoash, it says Jonah the son of Amittai, the prophet from Gat-hefer, prophesied that […]

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Patience

A couple were having a bit of marital trouble. Near their wits’ end, they approached their Tzaddik and asked him, “Can you help us? We have prayed for patience toward each other and it seems to elude us.” Their Tzaddik jumped from his chair. “Get out!” He yelled. “I have no time for you!” He […]

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Stretched

I enjoy having my theology stretched or rocked off its foundations because it allows me to learn and to grow. It removes my complacency and replaces it with a desire to rekindle an equilibrium, which only comes from further study. If we’re convinced of our own brilliance and wisdom, and we think we’re always right, […]

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We Shall Do and We Shall Listen

Moshe comes and declares to the people all the words of Hashem, and all the mishpatim[1], and all the people replied in one voice, and said, “All the words Hashem has spoken we do.” And Moshe writes all the words of Hashem, and he rises early in the morning, and builds an altar under the […]

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Cardiologists and Hardened Arteries

I went to a baby naming ceremony last Shabbos. I went to a congregation in the Tampa area for the first time. The people were pleasant and warm, but the service structure is not my cup of tea – which is not intended to be a negative critique. Simply stated, there are many expressions that […]

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Misappropriation

Numbers and Leviticus are antithetical. Leviticus is mostly law with a little narrative sprinkled for diversity, while Numbers is mostly narrative with some law intermingled. Parsha Naso, like the book of Numbers in which it resides, has narrative but it also has a few laws stuck in for added flavor. To get our best understanding […]

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