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Matot 5771 — Angels and Demons

July 24, 2011
Matot 5771 — Angels and Demons

Your actions have cosmic significance. God not only cares about what you do, your actions have an influence in the heavenly realms. In this week’s Torah portion we read, “If a man vows a vow to the Lord, or swears an oath to bind his soul with a bond; he shall not break his...
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Bar Mitzvah in a Bomb Shelter

July 23, 2006
Bar Mitzvah in a Bomb Shelter

I VERY rarely "cross-post" something, which is to say simply post to my blog or send to my email list something I pick up from somewhere else.  I figure everyone gets enough email traffic themselves.  I’m making an exception for the following, which was forwarded to me by Rabbi Mauricio Balter, who is the...
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Matot Masei 5766 and War in Lebanon

July 21, 2006

On June 25 Hamas terrorists killed 2 IDF soldiers and captured a third, Gilad Shalit. On June 28 the IDF went into Gaza looking for him, and they have been there ever since, not just hunting for Shalit, but also working to destroy the terrorist infrastructure in Gaza. Besides freeing Shalit, Israel needs to...
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Mattot 5765 — Silence Implies Consent

May 3, 2005
Mattot 5765 — Silence Implies Consent

Qui tacet consentit. Latin for “silence implies consent.” I don’t know where the old Romans came up with it, but it’s a principle we can derive from this week’s Torah portion, Mattot: “If a woman vows a vow to the Lord, and binds herself by an oath, being in her father’s house in her...
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