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Perhaps more than any other narrative arc in Torah, the Yosef story is one of the subtle searching that we do throughout life. I’m not talking about why Yaakov didn’t search for Yosef when he was reported dead. I’m not talking about the fabricated search…

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For me to say that Pinchas epitomizes the concept of a “man of action” is nothing new. Faced with a constellation of horrifying events – a plague decimating the tribes in the desert, rampant immorality spreading across the population, and the blatant…

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It is 2:00 as I write this. I’ve just finished a 4 page, 2500-word letter to my oldest son, who tomorrow at the tender age of 16 will fly off to Yeshiva, the first person in our family (going back as many generations as I can trace) ever to do so. I will…

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This is one of those rare years when there is not one, but TWO Shabbatot celebrated during Passover. That’s two opportunities to integrate the idea of the joy and relaxation of Shabbat along with the humility (lack of chametz) of Passover. However, the…

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In the Haggadah, we read: “Let all who are hungry, come and eat” SO… limited only by your creativity and the category of food which you have been assigned AND the limitations of Passover food, please bring something which represents your hunger. Not sure…

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This weeks’ portion is… challenging. Especially when you have to relate it to a food assignment. On the surface, it discusses all manner of unappetizing subjects – Leprosy, menstruation and nocturnal emissions to name a few. Reading this portion with it’s…

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Tazria begins the discussion of situations where people, places or things are “unclean” or “impure” – which may or may not be as negative as it sounds. However, the very first thing in Tazria (“When she gives birth”) is babies. After a woman gives birth,…

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