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Dvar Torah

The Challenge of Yom Kippur

Contrary to popular belief Judaism is not a stagnant way of life. Its practitioners and adherents are not meant to perform the mitzvot in mechanical or ritualistic ways. When we look at Judaism’s principles we see that we can apply them to our ever-evolving civilization.

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Satan, the Red Wrist Band & the Evil Eye

Satan, the Red Wrist Band & the Evil Eye

One of the hallmarks of Judaism is its total rejection of following the imaginations and fantasies of the mind. How then do we understand terms like Satan, the evil inclination, the angle of death, and the evil eye?

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The Mitzvah is the Blessing

The Mitzvah is the Blessing

There is an age-old philosophic question: Are the mitzvot good because God gave them or God gave them because they are good? A careful reading of the opening verses to this week’s Torah portion sheds some light on the topic.

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Talk About a Swelled Head

Talk About a Swelled Head

Did you ever meet someone with a “fat” head? This phenomenon can be an individual affliction or occur even to an entire nation. This week’s Torah reading, פרשת עקב, “Parshat Eikev,” provides insight into the antidote for the “swelled head” syndrome.

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