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Chayei Sarah — None of them Canaanites for my boy…

October 29, 2010

A few years ago, I had an article published in the United Synagogue Review about lessons on intermarriage, mostly derived from this week's Torah reading, Chayei Sarah.  Click here to read the article. What we see in this week's parsha is the great concern Abraham has over who his son Isaac will marry —...
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Vayera 5771 – Welcoming Visitors

October 22, 2010

Hachnasat orchim, welcoming visitors, is one of my family’s favorite commandments. We very much enjoy welcoming visitors; this week we are hosting a visiting volunteer dentist and his wife from the US, and some supporters of Rabbis for Human Rights. We’ve had Jews, Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, students, professors, rabbis, business people, teachers, from...
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The Loyalty Oath is Contrary to Jewish Values

October 14, 2010

Originally published October 14, 2010 by the Jerusalem Post. Instead of wasting time, energy, and damaging Israel’s standing with meaningless new laws and nonsensical bargaining positions, Netanyahu should be making a serious drive for peace.   There is no commandment to believe in God. The first of the Ten Commandments is not really a...
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Prayer for Those who Contemplate Suicide

October 10, 2010

Prayer for those who contemplate suicide El Harachamim, compassionate God Rofei lishvurei lev, healer of shattered hearts Grant strength and comfort to those who struggle with internal demons Shine your light to the dark corners of their souls Share your strength with them to await the dawn that follows the night Help them to...
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Today's Torah From My Daughters

October 9, 2010

Today's "Leff family Beit Midrash" studied Pirkei Avot 1:14.  Hillel's famous saying: "If I am not for myself, then who will be for me? And if I am only for myself, then what am I? And if not now, when?" Katherine came up with a great illustration of how we understood "If I am...
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Living with a nuclear Iran

October 6, 2010

There are those, like my esteemed teacher Rabbi Daniel Gordis, who maintain that Iran must not be allowed to have a nuclear weapon because it is not only an existential threat to the state of Israel, but because, as R. Gordis puts it "Iran merely needs to possess the bomb to undermine the central...
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