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March 31, 2020

Have you every been immersed in an environment that has profoundly changed you? Summer camp? A period in a yeshiva or seminary? Another intense all-encompassing experience? Do we expect that our festivals/holidays act as immersive, transformative experiences?

March 26, 2020

Salt possesses two contrary, contradictory powers - water and fire - which correspond to the two qualities by which the world exists – the attribute of mercy and the attribute of strict justice. For this reason, God says "the salt of the covenant of your God."...

March 19, 2020

We each assist one another. When you think about it, we individuals are staying at home, not just to be protected, but to serve the public, to prevent ourselves spreading the disease. Our concern is certainly a collective one.

March 9, 2020

* What does it mean to look someone in the face? * Why might one be restricted from seeing the face of another? * Why might Moses be permitted to see God’s back and not His face?

March 4, 2020

Do you connect more to Judaism of the head or of the heart?‎ Is it possible for different sub-groups in Judaism to have different expressions ‎of Judaism or is there only a single legitimate mode of Jewish practice?

February 27, 2020

There is no hypocrisy in being ashamed of our weaknesses ... the all-important thing is to strive ‎continually to improve and eliminate our defects...Where there is no sense of shame there is no sensitivity, no ‎awareness and little chance of self-improvement.‎

February 20, 2020

Servitude is living in a regimented, closed environment, where success and failure are clear and simple. The free world with its myriad choices is overwhelming.

February 12, 2020

“Do not covet” says to me – You have what you need. Don’t look around at others. Be satisfied with what you have. This sort of desire, or as Leon Kass calls it, “deformations of desire” leads us to under-appreciate what we have, and to seek things that, possibly, we sh...

February 4, 2020

Torah is read every three days. As we cannot go three days without water, we cannot survive three days without Torah. In order to ensure that the important things get done, we need to schedule them, to regulate our time so that we take care of that which is important e...

January 29, 2020

We need to educate the next generation. But we do that, more than anything else, by emulation and personal example, such that when children grow up, they will desire to participate in their Judaism because that is their parents’ passion.

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