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Michael S. Diamond
Sep 17, 2018, 7:40 AM
The Golem at the Threshold: Nitzavim
Rav Ram Nissan ben Krishna HaKohen Tzedek Gadol, the last of the line of high priests of the Temple, now in perpetuity since the Redemption, teetered on wobbly legs as he stood facing east on the Temple Mount with...
Allen S. Maller
Sep 15, 2018, 6:58 PM
5779: Time’s values in different religions today
The Jewish new year of 5779 tempts me to think about the concept of time in various religions. I admire the vast cosmic views developed in Hinduism and Buddhism. Their ideas that the universe is continually created and destroyed...
Sep 7, 2018, 6:07 PM
Tipping point or turning point
If someone would have said to you a year ago, ‘The following things are going to happen in next twelve months - 1) you’ll lose somebody you love; 2) your professional situation will undergo a reversal; 3) a good...
Sep 7, 2018, 5:06 AM
This Shabbat, We Do Not Bless the New Month
On the Shabbat that precedes each new month on the Jewish calendar, we usually recite a special prayer (Birkat Ha-Chodesh) blessing the upcoming month. There is one exception: the Shabbat that precedes Rosh Hashanah. Why? The simplest answer has to...
Sep 7, 2018, 12:51 AM
Rosh Hashanah: Choose Life
The Torah portion of Netzavim is always read immediately before the high holidays. Before completing the teshuvah of Elul and preparing for the even higher teshuvah of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, God commands us to choose life. The choice of life is the essence of the Torah, which is...
Sep 6, 2018, 10:38 PM
There are choices to be made
God's greatest gift to us as humans is freedom of choice and the ability to create our own destinies (Nitzavim)
Sep 6, 2018, 8:40 PM
Parshat Nitzavim: Diaspora fanaticism and alienation are Siamese spiritual twins
Parshat Nitzavim is a lynchpin parsha, critically important despite its brevity. I have already written in the past, and posted some of my thoughts, on this parsha. In particular I wrote about the bizarre choice of wood choppers and...
Sep 6, 2018, 1:33 PM
The world is waiting for you (Nitzavim 5778)
What if I do for those around me what I'm disappointed they're not doing for me?
Sep 6, 2018, 12:58 PM
“Amplification and Limitation” Parashat Nitzavim-Rosh Hashanah 5778/9
Am Yisrael stand ready to cross the Jordan River into the Land of Israel. Before they do so, they must first enter into a new covenant with Hashem in which they accept Him as their G-d and He accepts...
Sep 6, 2018, 7:35 AM
Rosh Hashanah – What is it?
Is Rosh Hashana a Day of Judgement? A time for renewal. An opportunity to start afresh and put those bad character behind ourselves? While the key phrase of this period is Teshuva – Return. Return to yourself. To your soul....