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Apr 26, 2018, 12:40 PM
In the heavenly spheres, the malachim/angels are singing before God. They take turns in singing, day and night, with different kinds of praise, depending on their specific spiritual status. The Hebrew word Malach means "messenger" and it explains so...
Apr 25, 2018, 4:38 PM
After Death, Holiness is Proclaimed: Reflections on being in Israel for Yom Hazikaron and Yom Haatzmaut
As my plane touches down on the Newark tarmac, I am reflecting upon the events of last week, my first opportunity of being in Israel for Yom Hazikaron (Memorial Day) and Yom Haatzmaut (Independence Day) as a member of...
Apr 20, 2018, 6:49 PM
The texture of trust
In the midst of the 1936 Depression a rancher named Bob Hall died of cancer leaving his family in deep debt. Columnist David Brooks recounted this week how Hall’s grandson described his ancestor’s desperation. The surviving children pleaded with...
Apr 20, 2018, 5:33 PM
Fun Facts about Lice
You didn't think there was such a thing as a fun fact about lice, did you? Okay, full disclosure, the word fun might just be in there for the sake of illuminating alliteration. But I stand by the information,...
Apr 18, 2018, 10:50 AM
Who shall live
Since Passover, Diaspora Jews have been playing catch-up in terms of reading the Torah, That's why there are four answers to the question of "What's this week's portion?" In the Diaspora, Leviticus 12-15 will be read, Tazria and Metzora;...
Apr 13, 2018, 12:11 PM
Praise for others can save your marriage
It's not clickbait, because it's true: Speak well of people and you'll heal what gossip harms (Tazria-Metzora)
Apr 9, 2018, 2:14 PM
Tazria-Metzora: Easy Murder
Murderers are not monsters, they're men. And that's the most frightening thing about them. -Alice Sebold The Torah spends several chapters on the ritual treatment of a biblical spiritual malady called “Tzaraat” popularly mistranslated as leprosy. The person who suffered...
Ariel Ben Avraham
Apr 7, 2018, 11:18 PM
Tazria-Metzora: Keeping goodness pure and clean (II)
The two portions of the Torah we read this week encompass commandments related to purity and impurity in relation to our connection with the Creator. Our Sages refer to these subjects in the context of the forty years prior...
May 4, 2017, 6:31 AM
Israel Today, Celebrating Purely Life
This past week Jewry solemnly remembered the six million Kedoshim and Israel’s fallen soldiers.These monumental dates were followed by celebrations marking Israel’s 69 years of independence. One day after “Yom HaShoah,” Germany - the country responsible for forever blackening our...
Apr 28, 2017, 6:32 PM
The battle for historical truth never stays won
A parent shared a story from last week’s dinner conversation. She told her children “If a minute of silence were held for every Jewish victim of the Holocaust, the silence would continue for eleven-and-a-half years.” One of her daughters...