Monthly Archives: May 2014

Of Priests and Blessings

Parashat Nasso When the ancient rabbis finalized the yearly calendar along with its cycle of Torah readings, they purposely situated this week’s parasha, Nasso, to always coincide with Shavuot – either right before or after (Shavuot is next week). So, … Continue reading

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A little bit of gratitude

My maternal grandfather served in U.S. Army intelligence during WWII, and helped liberate Dachau (he was both a survivor and a liberator). My paternal grandfather served as a midshipman in the Navy on the Battleship New Mexico. Joshua’s paternal grandfather … Continue reading

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A Lesson in Faith

Parashat Behar Parashat Behar begins with a special connection between Mt. Sinai and the Land of Israel  by speaking of the holiness of shmitah, of letting the ground lay fallow for an entire year every seven years. This connection is directly connected to the mitzvah of Shabbat: For six … Continue reading

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Hallel, Tachanun and Yom HaAtzmaut

Today Israel celebrated 66 years of existence! Mazel tov to her and all her citizens, as well as to those who love Israel around the world. It is indeed a time to celebrate. Of course those years have been filled … Continue reading

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