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Beginning Again!

Beginning Again!

I vividly recall my encounter with one particular set of parents during my first parent-teacher conferences several years ago. After discussing the skills and performance of their child, they posed to me the following question, “Are you still teaching those fairytale stories?”

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The Day Before

The Day Before

The day before Shabbat or Yom Tov is of course a day of preparation for, and anticipation of, the coming holy day, but it has no special recognition given by the Torah.

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Heart and Soul

Heart and Soul

This Shabbat is the last Shabbat of the current Jewish calendar year. As our thoughts naturally turn towards reflection on our past year and how we can improve in the coming year, the Torah portions this Shabbat prod us toward our goal.

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One for All and All for One

One for All and All for One

In this week’s Torah reading, Parashat Ki Tavo, Moshe tells the people, “Today, this day, Hashem your God commands you to perform these decrees and statutes, and you shall observe and perform them with all your heart and with all your soul.” But weren’t the Israelites commanded to perform the mitzvot 40 years earlier at Mount Sinai? Click to find out the answer.

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What’s Not Mentioned at the Seder but Should Be

What’s Not Mentioned at the Seder but Should Be

Tucked away at the end of this week’s Torah reading, Parshat Ki Teitze, are the laws concerning fair weights and measures (Devarim 25: 13-16). As is true for other aspects relating to societal justice, the laws were expounded just prior to the Israelites’ entry into Canaan. No longer were the people simply individuals with a shared religion. They were becoming something new, the Nation of Israel in the Land of Israel.

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