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Michael S. Diamond
Sep 9, 2018, 8:29 AM
Coming Home: Ki Tavo
Ram Nissan hesitated to turn around and confront the man whose hand was on his shoulder. After what seemed like an eternity in the role of High Priest of the Holy Temple, since just before the first days of...
Sep 4, 2018, 11:54 PM
John McCain’s Path to Happiness
Americans are unhappier than they have been in more than a decade. Even as the economy improved after the financial crisis, American happiness levels remained stubbornly stagnant. Not only did they not rise, as the economy improved, happiness levels...
Sep 1, 2018, 12:25 AM
Curses We Must Hear Loud and Clear
Parashat Ki Tavo is filled with blessings and curses. Traditionally we read the curses in a whisper. Perhaps, in this month of Elul leading up to the High Holy Days, God wants us to hear them loud and clear....
Aug 31, 2018, 5:41 PM
Lunch counter sit-ins in Nashville signaled an early victory for the civil rights movement. Courageous students in 1960 were willing to endure humiliation, injury, and incarceration, to advance desegregation through non-violent means. What is less known, is how much...
Sharona Margolin Halickman
Aug 31, 2018, 4:34 PM
Do we need to pray in Hebrew?
As the High Holidays approach, one may ask if it is better to pray in Hebrew or in a language that we understand. The Talmud, Sotah 32a states which prayers must be in Hebrew and which ones can be said...
Aug 31, 2018, 11:45 AM
You’re being punished for your own good
A medieval poet reveals how divine rebuke is a gift for those who deserve it (Ki Tavo)
Aug 31, 2018, 12:30 AM
Don’t Add or Subtract-A Life of Balance
All you need in life is balance; haven’t we all received this advice, at one time or another? But, is this sentiment anything more than an endearing platitude? When I was younger, hearing this guidance sympathetically expressed was often annoying....
Aug 31, 2018, 12:29 AM
Jewish Identity and The Message of The First Fruits
Jews and Judaism form a peculiar phenomenon which is found nowhere else in the world; Jews are a nation and Judaism is a religion, yet these two distinct identities are inseparably and uniquely intertwined. Taking a look at the...
Aug 30, 2018, 2:03 PM
The story we Jews tell about ourselves
In this week's Torah reading we find the key to why Jewish identity is the strongest the world has ever known
Aug 30, 2018, 9:48 AM
“Public Private Partnership” Parashat Ki Tavo 5778
Recently I have been working with something called a “Public Private Partnership (PPP)”. PPP’s are all the rage, today. Each PPP has its own flavour but they all share the same basic structure. A PPP takes a public entity,...