Monthly Archive: August 2014

Re’eh – Custom and Uniformity

Rabbi Yosef Karo, author of the great Shulchan Aruch, was born in Todelo, Spain. When he was just four years old, in 1492, he and his family were expelled from Spain. Eventually Rabbi Karo...

Eikev – Awe Inspiring

Iz shver tzu zien a yid was a popular comment made by hard working Jews who sacrificed a great deal to put food on the table and create a better opportunity for their children....

Reshuffled Deck

History has a way of turning the tables on all of our expectations from time to time. Some people like to call this God’s sense of humor, although it is hard to picture anyone laughing about current events.
The second decade of the twenty first century looks very different from the first. The deck of cards has been reshuffled. Russia’s aggression is growing reminiscent of the cold war era. The West is becoming increasingly confused, the views of its population increasingly polarized. Anti-Antisemitism is on the rise and the middle East is in total chaos.

Va’etchanan – Why Love?

There are few areas where the Torah demands control of our feelings and emotions, two of which appear in this week’s reading. One is the last of the Ten Commandments, the restriction against coveting...

Masei – Mindfulness

A young man is posed with a dilemma. He is driving on a narrow road at a high speed and abruptly his dog runs directly into his path. He has a little room to...

Devarim – Merciful Consequences

“Because of you God has rebuked me as well, saying that you too will not come there.” (Deuteronomy 1:37) Moses was speaking of the nation’s reaction to the report of the spies. The people...