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Mon, 06 Mar 2017 12:00:00 ESTG-d’s home on earth is not complete without everyone’s contributions.
Mon, 06 Mar 2017 12:00:00 ESTDear Readers, Growing up in Iran, Anna learned little about Judaism. When she turned 12, she became obsessed with the Holocaust, grew bitter at G‑d, and decided that He would no longer be a part of her life. Once, Anna was riding her bike, fell and inadvertently called out, “Oh my G‑d!” Her words made her momentarily think about G‑d. “If You exist, give me a sign. When I turn 18, show me a rainbow.” She was only 13, and soon forgot about her “deal” with G‑d. On her 18th birthday, Anna was studying with a friend, but her friend insisted on leaving so Anna could celebrate. Opening the front door, Anna saw a magnificent rainbow. Years passed. Anna’s family escaped from Iran. She and her husband lived in California, where she was in the early stages of pregnancy with her sixth child. At a routine check-up, the doctor informed Anna that her fetus had a defective heart. The baby would need surgery and have trouble breathing its entire
Mon, 27 Feb 2017 12:00:00 ESTMoses questioned how a compulsory offering could achieve atonement. What he learned changes our basic understanding of human decency.
Sat, 25 Feb 2017 12:00:00 ESTDear Readers, I remember when my young daughter willfully did something against my explicit instruction. She averted her gaze trying to deny her act, or perhaps trying to take it back. She feared anger, rejection and disappointment. But most of all, she feared that this small misdeed would create a separation between us—an end to the loving relationship she cherished. So we sat down and talked about mistakes, about owning up to them and moving forward. We discussed how perfection is an impossible goal, and how she is so much more than the sum total of her choices. And then we talked about our relationship, and how my love for her is not dependent on her actions. The love is constant, unconditional. Even when I’m displeased, the love may be hidden, but it is just as strong. Most importantly, we spoke about how facing mistakes together helps us grow closer. In this week’s Tora
Thu, 16 Feb 2017 12:00:00 ESTDo you ever wonder why G-d doesn’t perform miracles nowadays? Ari Sacher is the system engineer for Israel’s Iron Dome. This is why he doesn't wonder.
Thu, 16 Feb 2017 12:00:00 ESTDear Readers, It almost felt like paradise on earth. In the dead of winter, we were spending a few glorious days surrounded by lush greenery and towering palm trees. A relative who owned a condo in Florida offered us a short getaway. It was a dream come true to escape the snow and luxuriate in the heat for a while. Of the thousands of people in this 55-plus community, some were snowbirds who worked in colder climates but were able to visit for a few weeks; others resided there year-round. The premises were beautiful. We swam in one of the many pools dotting the grounds and took long walks along the scenic routes. The community center on the premises offered reading clubs, craft-making activities, game rooms and movie nights. What an ideal place to relax, where your only worry was whether to play tennis or paint ceramics. So, why were we meeting a disproportionate number of people who looked sad or grumpy? One woman wore a T-shirt with th
Fri, 10 Feb 2017 12:00:00 ESTWhy should I act in a way that contradicts my true feelings? Should I present a façade of calmness even when I really want to lash out in anger?
Thu, 02 Feb 2017 12:00:00 ESTLast week’s parshah describes the majesty of the giving of the Torah, a spiritually life-transforming experience. Why is it followed by the laws of negligent damages?
Thu, 02 Feb 2017 12:00:00 ESTDear Readers, Ever wonder why fresh flowers make such a great gift? There’s their fragrant aroma and vibrant beauty. But flowers don’t actually do anything. They don’t satisfy a craving; they can’t be hung on a wall or provide an enduring contribution. To some, they are just wasteful extravagance. But perhaps that’s precisely why we love them. Flowers represent a small luxury whose sole purpose is to express care. A spouse who gifts flowers may be saying, “I have no idea why you like this. This isn’t about me, but rather, my love for you.” In this week’s Torah portion, Mishpatim, we read: [Moses] took the book of the covenant, and read in the hearing of the people; and they said: “All that G‑d has spoken, we will do, and we will hear.” (Ex. 24:7) The Talmud (Shabbat 88a) states: “When the people of Israel gave precedence to ‘we wil
Sat, 28 Jan 2017 12:00:00 ESTThe Bible is the world’s best-seller, providing practical guidance to living a higher life. Here are 10 nuggets of wisdom that can change your life.