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Noah: Relative righteousness

Six words. Six words to express a world of learning and hope and vision. It’s not easy to do , but it works when you pick the right six words. Like, “Shma Yisrael,Adonai Eloheinu, Adonai Echad”  Those are good words. … Continue reading

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Bereshit: Listen for the breath

It’s good to be back. I know I took a little time off from Jewish Gems, a weekly visit to the weekly parasha, but it’s a new year and the scroll has been rolled, and it’s Bereshit/Genesis, all is new….again. … Continue reading

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Charlottesville and Skokie 2017

“Oh please, do you really think people are going to jump on the ol’ Nazi bandwagon?” “You don’t really think the Nazis could attract a following, do you?” “Remember, we didn’t think so last time.” “You must not have much … Continue reading

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Stepping away

Hello all. If you’ve noticed, there weren’t any posts the last couple of weeks, and this Shabbat is no different. The last few weeks have been particularly busy, and somehow, it became more important to take something off the schedule … Continue reading

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Matot Masei:That’s Ok, I’ll just stay here

(Apologies to how this is formatted. This is the best I could do with the tech environment I’m in) Standing at the edge of the Land, amassing at the border, and preparing to go in, Moses heard something he never … Continue reading

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Pinchas: Passing the Torch

Succession planning. It’s the mark of a real leader, and Moses is nothing if not a real leader. As Dr. Hal Lewis, President and CEO of Spertus Institute wrote, “Moses sets the standard for all those involved in Jewish communal … Continue reading

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Balak: A shandah for the neighbors

A Shanda for the neighbors. At the end of the parasha Balak, after we read the oddly humorous yet compelling story of Balak and Balaam, and the talking donkey, we get the first nine verses of Chapter 25 in Bamidbar/Numbers. … Continue reading

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