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WHAT DOES THE TORAH SAY ABOUT #JEWISHPRIVILEGE? (Parshat Devarim)
#JewishPrivilege is our responsibility as a people to always strive toward bettering the world, in the face of any challenges. #JewishPrivilege empowers us and obligates us, the guarantors of the future of the Jewish People, to write the next chapters of the Jewish People.
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BECOMING THE PEOPLE WE WANT TO BE (Parshat Va'etchanan)
We all want to be more consistent, and to live the values that we espouse. But sadly, we occasionally fall short. What can we do to erase the gap between the person we want to be and the person we often are?
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HOW JEWISH SHOULD THE "JEWISH STATE" BE? (Parshat Ekev)
What does it mean to be a “Jewish state”? A state whose laws are based on halacha – Jewish law? Or a state that serves as a homeland for the Jewish People, but which is more “kosher style” regarding halacha?
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TRANSFORMING ADVERSITY INTO OPPORTUNITY (Parshat Re'eh)
How a conversation between a disappointed member of Congress & the Lubavitcher Rebbe, zt"l, led to millions of poor Americans gaining access to food. A lesson in how to find blessing in what seems like a curse.
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LEADERSHIP AND THE LAW: BUILDING A JUST AND MORAL SOCIETY (Parshat Shoftim)
The Torah accentuates that it is in the best interest of any society even with the most regal of leaders to have checks and balances. Government requires structures that allow for a balance of power, if we are to build a just and moral society.
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A TRAGEDY WE CAN PREVENT: THE CASE FOR HALAKHIC PRE-NUPS (Parshat Ki Teitze)
Get-refusal is nothing less than a Chilul Hashem, and it is inconceivable that such pain be inflicted under the guise of halakha. We can and must insist that every couple get married with a halakhic prenup – a document based on the 17th century halakhic work, Nachlas Shiva.
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RECOGNIZING THE RIGHTEOUS AND STOPPING THE BULLIES: SHINING A LIGHT ON ANONYMITY (Parshat Ki Tavo)
“Cursed is the person who damages his friend in secret”. Why is the word ‘בסתר’, ‘in secret’, necessary? Isn’t it just as wrong to hurt someone in public? Let’s look at this verse through the prism of today’s social media shaming culture.
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GETTING DRESSED UP FOR ROSH HASHANAH - PHYSICALLY AND SPIRITUALLY (Parshat Nitzavim)
In this week’s Haftara, the prophet Isaiah utilizes the imagery of clothing to portray a redemptive and purposeful life. How can clothing, a symbol of physical protective gear, a medium that often communicates a person’s stature, something so superficial, convey a spiritual idea?
Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander17 ViewsMay 19, 2022Rosh Hashanah
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