Monthly Archives: June 2014

Truths our Fathers Told Us: Choose

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Rabbi Dr. Jonathan Sacks is one of the most impressive men of our era. His brilliance, powers of articulation, and scope of knowledge astound and delight me. On September 1, 2013 he resigned his position as Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth, a position he held since September 1, 1991. The…

Torah Tuesdays – Moses Our Mentor – More Lessons for Leaders and Followers

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Today’s lesson is from Parshat Chukkat, from Numbers 19-21. we begin with chapter 20. There is a lesson here for every one of us.  So pay attention and improve your life through this lesson! Read Numbers 20:1-5 – Here we read of the death of Miriam, Moses’ oldest sibling, and we read again of Israel’s grumbling…

Lessons in Living from Moses Our Mentor: On Being a Great Leader or a Bad Follower

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In this week’s parasha, Korach, we see the continued disastrous effects of spreading lashon hora, negative speech. In Bamidbar/Numbers chapter twelve, it was Miriam, Moses’ sister, who spoke evil of her brother, by  chapters thirteen and fourteen, it was ten out of the twelve spies who engaged in slander, not only of Moses, but of Aaron and of…

Moishe Rosen, The Lubavitcher Rebbe, and Me

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I first met Moishe Rosen, the founder of Jews for Jesus in 1967/1968. I was 23-24, and he was 37. This was in New York City. After a few years he moved to California, and from time to time wrote me letters encouraging me to move out there. But it wasn’t only to me that…

FAQ/Q&A Fridays: Is the Law a Dead Issue?

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This week, one of my nice readers, Joel Burman, posted some questions in response to one of my blogs in which I advocated for a return to Torah observance as a necessary component of Jewish repentance. Since this is Q&A Friday, I thought I would deal with one of his questions which revolves around this…

Wildcard Wednesdays: Repentance – It’s Not What the Missionaries Told You

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The most non-negotiable core of the prescribed prayers of the Jewish people is called the Amidah. During this set of nineteen blessings, one stands as a servant in the presence of his master, and as a subject in the presence of the King.  Indeed at the beginning of the prayer one steps forward, as if…