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Aug 18, 2018, 8:13 AM
The Gematria of freedom
I have been struggling a lot recently with the idea of na’aseh v’nishma. The words said by the Israelites when G-d gave us the Torah, literally translated, mean “we will do and we will listen”; on a more philosophical...
Feb 14, 2018, 5:53 PM
Bribery Is Bad — For Your Brain
It seems obvious that taking a bribe is bad -- but why? After all, you may think that you can still be objective. What’s the harm in taking a ‘gift’? Unfortunately, we are faced repeatedly with allegations that our...
Feb 14, 2018, 6:08 AM
Jewish Leadership in the Age of Twitter
Without regard to party, it is fair to say that our national leadership leaves much to be desired—and that lack of leadership has plunged our nation into a moral and civic crisis. Both public and private standards of behavior...
Feb 9, 2018, 9:25 PM
Eye for an eye, Heart for a heart
“If you only give once a month, please think of me next time.” This is how consultant Simon Sinek re-wrote the sign of a homeless person seeking assistance. Donations tripled. Why? According to Sinek, most in need focus on communicating their plight. But when...
Sharona Margolin Halickman
Feb 9, 2018, 12:40 AM
The miracles cannot happen soon enough
In Parshat Mishpatim, we read about God’s promise to Moshe that B’nai Yisrael will be brought to the Land of Israel and that God will protect them there. In Shmot 23:26, we read: “No woman will suffer miscarriage or...
Feb 8, 2018, 4:00 PM
The power of empathy
The Egypt experience taught Jews that the best response to having suffered is to help those who suffer (Mishpatim)
Feb 8, 2018, 3:56 PM
“Certainly” Parashat Mishpatim 5778
The Carliner Rebbe has some advice to give on how to get out of jury duty: “Tell the judge the truth. Tell him you’ll make a real good juror because you can spot guilty people just by looking at...
Feb 8, 2018, 2:44 PM
Transforming fate into destiny [Parshat Mishpatim]
At Sinai, the Jewish nation entered into its second covenant with God, a pact based not on the family-nation of the descendants of Abraham . An individual is not asked whether they wish to be born into a specific family...
Karen Miller Jackson
Feb 7, 2018, 11:26 PM
On Women’s Spirituality
Recent reports of rabbis in Israel denigrating women going to the army and women in general have been particularly upsetting. So I’d like to dedicate the following words of Torah to the brave, spiritual young women who devote time...
Feb 7, 2018, 11:18 PM
There Are No “Alternative Facts”
Such an odd sequence, to pledge to "do" before hearing what it is that you are to do! When a people makes such a pledge before a king or a tyrant, the only promise that will ensure is their...