Monthly Archives: March 2011

Quote of the Day: The Sacrificial System

“The darkness of the sacrificial order must not be ignored. In sacrifice, man alleviates the darkness of his situation … Sacrificial Judaism brings the truth of human existence into the Temple. It does not leave it outside its portals. It … Continue reading

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The New Rabbi

The New Rabbi by Stephen Fried is an absolute MUST READ! I recently finished the book and have been recommending it to a number of other rabbis and leaders. I originally came across the book a few years ago. However, … Continue reading

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Harassment in Arad

A couple of weeks ago I blogged about the hate-fest in Ashdod directed against Messianic Jews in the city. Recently, similar protests have been held in another Israeli city, Arad. Going back to 2006, Arad has been the location of … Continue reading

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The Rabbis teach that in messianic times, “when all the other festivals will be abolished, Purim will remain.” (Midrash Mishle 9:2) Why? Why is this strange, party-strewn, hero and villain tale so powerful that it must never disappear? Perhaps the … Continue reading

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A Prayer for Japan

The situation in Japan only seems to be getting worse. The eathquakes and tsunami last week devastated the country, leaving thousands dead and many, many more wounded and trapped. Now we also have the possible threat of a nuclear disaster … Continue reading

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Tragic Events

This weekend the world experienced two very tragic events: Japan The first was the multiple earthquakes and tsunami that began on Friday, March 11th, that has devastated Japan. As of today, the BBC reports the death tole currently stands at … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day: The Shema and its Blessings

“At the heart of the Jewish liturgy, recited twice daily, stands the Shema. The opening line of the Shema consists of an acknowledgement of Hashem as One. In the blessing that precedes and prepares for the recitation of the Shema, … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day

“I will accept G-d only if I can confront G-d. Not benign acceptance, but the eternal wrestling of the soul. Jacob wrestled with You and he came forth limping from the arena. I am damaged as well, and I understand … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day

“The future of Jewish life is dependent upon Jews – not just rabbis – taking hold of the rich, challenging, surprising, and inspiring heritage that makes up our texts and traditions. It is not about the new “big idea” or … Continue reading

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National Day of Unplugging

Last week I posted about the Sabbath Manifesto, an initiative of Reboot, which has launched a campaign for a National Day of Unlpugging. The campaign encourages Jews across America on this COMING SHABBAT, March 4-5, 2011 (from sundown to sundown) … Continue reading

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