Two kinds of tests

By Rabbi Michael KushnickParashat Ekev As a rabbi I often find myself working with people who are experiencing hardships. During these situations I am asked, “Why did this happen to…

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Spiritual cities of refuge

By Rabbi Dan LewinParashat Vaetchanan Like the Jewish people’s ongoing journey towards the promised land, life — soul in body — is all about traveling. Traveling, here, means progressing as…

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A river runs through it

By Rabbi Yaakov GreenParashat Matot-Masei While it was wonderful to celebrate this past Sunday the amazing freedoms this great country provides to us and all its citizens, as Jews we…

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The prophet Balaam

By Rabbi Seymour RosselParashat Balak What makes a prophet? Amos tells us in eloquent poetry: “Indeed, my Sovereign God does nothing / without first revealing God’s purpose / to God’s…

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Dispute and its motivations

By Rabbi Dan LewinParashat Korach One of the relevant questions these days is, can you be friends with someone and nourish the personal relationship although you strongly disagree with their…

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Let’s get a move on

By Rabbi Ariel RackovskyParashat Behaalotecha As we begin yet another graduation season, heads of school, guest speakers and members of the clergy will be offering words of advice to the…

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