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The Influence of our Upbringing

Blog Toldot Kislev 2 5780 בלוג תּוֹלְדֹת, ב’ כסלו תש”פ In Toldot we learn about two special brothers, Jacob and Esau, their upbringing and their relationships with their parents in a dysfunctional family. No matter how dysfunctional they were, the stories in the Torah are meant to teach us principles that we can apply to […]

The Key to a Good Relationship

Blog Chayei Sarah Cheshvan 25 5780 בלוג חַיֵּי שָׂרָה, כ”ה חשון תש”פ When we read the Midrashim, it is important to differentiate between “illustration” and “truth”. In Judaism, Proverbs (Mishlei) and Parables (Mashal) are meant to teach us principles but the stories are not the Word of God. For example, the Torah tells us that […]

The Start of a New Journey

Blog Lech Lecha Cheshvan 11 5780 בלוג לֶךְ-לְךָ, י”א חשון תש”פ The motto of this community is כִּי בֵיתִי בֵּית-תְּפִלָּה יִקָּרֵא לְכָל-הָעַמִּים “…for My house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples” Isaiah 56:7b. We are comprised of many nations here and each of us brings experiences from our past. We each […]

What is Noah telling us today?

Blog Noach Cheshvan 11 5780בלוג נֹחַ, י”א חשון תש”פ Noah was called a righteous man in a generation that was filled with evil. Our sages say that if he had been born at the time of Avraham Avinu, he could not be compared with him. I look at the Scriptures as giving us direction and […]

Is it a sin or a crime?

Blog Vayelech  6 Tishrei 5777 The Creator has given each of us “bechira chofshi” free will. This means that we are responsible for our own actions. Today however in this world, we have eliminated the idea of “sin” and replaced it with the notion of “crime”. This causes our society to be secular, devoid of […]