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B’ha’alotcha: Meltdown in the Wilderness

We’ve all seen the meltdowns. The child in the grocery store, that moment when you realize you’ve gone on  One. Errand. Too. Many.  We know how hard it is for the adult in charge, and we resolve to be empathetic, … Continue reading

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Matot/Masei – changing the ending

We all make lists.  I think making lists is the most optimistic thing a person can do.  It’s like buying green bananas, or ordering an entire season of theater tickets.  The book of Bamidar is all about lists.  It’s even … Continue reading

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Balak: Blessings from outside the camp

The story of Balak and Balaam is one of the few parashiot (Torah portions) that are named after non-Israelites.  It’s a strange one, to be sure.  Right in the middle of the wilderness, we get our own version of Shrek. … Continue reading

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Shelach L’cha: Lessons for a wedding

To the groom!  To the bride!  We have a wedding this weekend, and that’s pretty much what’s on my mind.  The whole family is coming in from all over the world. We’re all very excited to be gathering for such … Continue reading

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B’ha’alotcha: The heaviness of leadership

We hear a lot about leadership these days – who’s got it, who doesn’t, who’s prepared for it, and who isn’t.  We talk a lot about our country’s leadership – what does it mean to be prepared to lead? It … Continue reading

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Bamidbar: Words create worlds

Bamidbar. In the wilderness.  We are at the beginning of the book of Bamidbar, starting with the first parasha, of the same name.  We’re beginning the quintessential journey, the defining environment of our entire history.  We are in the middle … Continue reading

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Pinchas: Needing new leaders

Succession.  New leadership.  A challenge for every leader, but a necessity if the community is to move forward.   Like where we are now.  Here’s where we were then. Moses is getting old.  He knows he’s not heading into the Promised … Continue reading

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