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Aug 11, 2017, 11:52 PM
I Didn’t See That Coming
When I was a kid, my closest relative was my great, great Aunt Millie. She was my mom's mom's aunt. Aunt Millie was born in 1890! She was 83 when I was born, so of course my memories of...
Aug 11, 2017, 8:34 PM
Parshat Ekev: Not Because We Deserve It
“If you are breathing, that is nature’s way of saying that you belong here. You are enough.” I saw this on a teacher website, something that a teacher said to his students every day as part of a breathing...
Aug 11, 2017, 6:49 PM
Listen and be better heard
How do you get someone who is not listening to you to begin to do so? Not by repeating yourself. Not by talking louder. Not even by reframing your message. The best way to get someone to hear you...
Aug 10, 2017, 11:45 PM
Teaching Our Children . . . Camping?
As a Jew, I know that in some contexts I am a minority in the dominant American culture. As an Orthodox Jew I live in an even more limited demographic. And to make matters worse, I’m an Orthodox Jew...
Sharona Margolin Halickman
Aug 10, 2017, 9:20 PM
Israel’s precious resources
Australian Professor William Griffin, a renowned expert on the earth’s crust, came to Israel last year and discovered that Israel has enough precious stones and diamonds to warrant commercial mining
Aug 10, 2017, 3:28 PM
Why civilizations fail
Moses articulated a clear solution to the great challenge of how to save a society from sure decline (Ekev)
Aug 10, 2017, 10:31 AM
Why our future in Israel is secure [Parshat Ekev]
How secure can world Jewry – and the citizens of Israel – feel about the future of the Jewish State? Have we returned to Israel for good, or does this “third commonwealth” represent only a possible opportunity, its long-term...
Aug 10, 2017, 9:35 AM
On stiff necks and long tunnels: Parashat Ekev 5777
My father tells the following joke every so-often: A fellow walks into a doctor’s office and complains that every time he contorts his head in some insane position, his neck begins to hurt. The doctor tells him “So don’t...
Ariel Ben Avraham
Aug 7, 2017, 11:06 PM
Parshat Eikev: Conditions of the Promised Land
Goodness is the premise to begin to know the Creator of all, for He as a universal ruling principle teaches us in the Torah that the purpose of His creation is to make goodness prevail. The ethical frame of goodness...
Aug 6, 2017, 8:12 PM
Ekev: Size Is Deceptive
What we call little things are merely the causes of great things; they are the beginning, the embryo, and it is the point of departure which, generally speaking, decides the whole future of an existence. One single black speck...