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Lech Lecha 5778 – Jewish Continuity Advice from Abraham

October 29, 2017
Abraham's Journey

What is it that makes Abraham so special that God singles him out to become the first Jew? When God spoke to Noah about the coming flood, we’re first told that Noah was a “righteous and pure” man in his generation. That explains why Noah was chosen of that corrupt generation to be the...
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Vayetze 5777 – John Glenn, Yakov Avinu, and Human Rights Shabbat

December 11, 2016
John Glenn

One of my boyhood heroes, former astronaut and US Senator John Glenn, died this past week. John Glenn was the first American to orbit the earth, back in 1962. When I was a kid I wanted to be like him – a test pilot and astronaut. Unfortunately, my lack of perfect vision prevented me...
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Vayigash 5776 – The Wheel of Fortune

December 17, 2015
Wheel of Forture

In this week’s Torah reading Joseph is at the peak of his power, both professionally and personally. He is the number two man in all of Egypt, second only to Pharaoh himself. He holds the fate of his brothers in his hand – brothers who had sold him into slavery many years ago. His...
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Noah and Unity

October 17, 2015
The Straight Story

Unity is one of those “motherhood and apple pie” values that everyone automatically assumes is a good thing. America’s formal name is The United States of America; the great international body of nations is the United Nations.  And of course we are all familiar with the quote from Abraham Lincoln’s speech before the US...
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Vayechi 5775 — Joseph and Health

January 2, 2015
Vayechi 5775 — Joseph and Health

So Joseph died, being a hundred and ten years old. And they embalmed him, and he was put in a coffin in Egypt… Genesis 50:26 I’ve been training to run a marathon. Having recently completed running/hiking the Israel Trail (700 miles) I felt I needed a new challenge. I also figured it was a...
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Bereshit 5775 – Knowing Good from Evil

October 20, 2014
Bereshit 5775 – Knowing Good from Evil

“And the LORD God said: ‘Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil; and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever.’ Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the Garden of Eden, to...
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