Author Archives: Aleinu

This week’s haftorah, Isaiah 54:1-10 is the fifth of a series of seven “Haftarot of Consolation.” The first of the seven was read on the Shabbat following Tisha b’Av and the seventh will be read on the Shabbat preceding Rosh Hashanah. In the prophet’s sight, Jerusalem is no longer viewed as forsaken … Continue reading

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Driving home from shul one morning, I was looking forward to a small morning repast on the balcony with my wife when the car in front of me decided to interrupt my musings by not going through the incredibly short … Continue reading

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This week’s parashah, Va’etchanan, Deuteronomy 3:23 – 7:111, begins with what many consider one of the saddest prayers recorded in Scripture. Flashback: Moses began his life under a death sentence simply for being a Hebrew male child. He was born … Continue reading

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A couple of weeks ago, in Parashat Matot, concerning vows made by an individual to HaShem, we read the following exhortations to fulfill the vow without delay. Whenever a man makes a vow to ADONAI or swears an oath to obligate himself … Continue reading

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In preparing this week’s Thoughts, I came across a couple of fairly well-known sayings, and while they appear to be in contrast, they really are not. The first one, I share will be in three forms of the same idea.  … Continue reading

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The first chapter of Genesis concludes with HaShem’s final act of creation,  God created humankind in His image, in the image of God He created him, male and female He created them. (Gen. 1:27) I believe that this verse from the … Continue reading

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Toward the end of Sha’ul’s letter to the Yeshua followers in Rome, he wrote these words, For whatever was written before was written for our instruction, so that through patience and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. … Continue reading

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