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Pesach: Fifty Strides Toward Holiness

The fifty days between Pesach and Shavuot teach us the meaning of true in dependence; after fifty years of statehood, we should evolve from a “Nation”to a “Holy Nation.” As we approach the fiftieth anniversary of the independence of the … Continue reading

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Vayigash: The Exile Self-Destructs For the “Comfortable” Jew

The Egyptian exile which is defined by our sages as the first exile, begins in Parshat Vayigash. Yaakov and sons make “yireda” to Egypt, and from this point onward, the arduous and torturous road from “galut” (exile) to “giula” (redemption) … Continue reading

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The Religious Jew

The “religious” Jew? Nay, say rather the Orthodox practitioner of Jewish ritual whose sojourn in an exile two millenia old has corrupted and and perverted the most basic of real Jewish values. Bearded and piously payotic, or cleanshaven and woolly-skullcapped, … Continue reading

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Isolation

Isolation. The Jew does not wish to be isolated. He fears being alone, without allies. He fears man, he trusts only in man and so – in the exquisitely Divine way of the Almighty – precisely that which he fears … Continue reading

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Regretting the Exile

“Four things does the Almighty regret having made: Exile, the Chaldeans (Babylon – modern day Iraq), the Ishmaelite and the Evil Inclination.” (Tractate Sukkot 52b) It is obvious why the Almighty regrets having created the Chaldeans who burned the Holy … Continue reading

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