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VAYERA

Sunday, October 21, 2018

One of the more salient lessons that we derive from this week's Torah reading regarding Abraham and Isaac is the emphasis that the Torah places on the fact that they went together to ascend to the mountain of Moriah. The hallmark of Jewish life over its long history has been the continuity and bond between generations. Every generation differs in many aspects from the generation that preceded it. This certainly is true regarding the Jewish generations that have existed over the past few centuries. Scientific discoveries, enormous social changes, technology and communication that was previously unimaginable and an entirely different set of social and economic values have transformed the...

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A BABY IN THE HOUSE

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Over the recent holiday of Succot, my great grandson Zev came to Israel and stayed with me in my home for almost two weeks. Since he is only six months old he naturally brought his parents with him, also very dear to me but certainly not as cute as Zev. It has been many years since I had such a young baby reside with me for that length of time. I had forgotten the wonders that accompany a baby during its first year of life. The great Rabbi Yisrael Lipkin of Salant famously observed that there were three basic lessons in life that one could learn from observing a baby – it is always busy, is always ready to be happy and when it is uncomfortable and desires something, it cries. Anyone...

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