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Parshas Vayakhel-Pekuday- No Plain Jane

What makes YOU special? What are YOUR talents? What makes YOU unique? Do you dance? Sing? Read Morse Code? Play the ukulele? Ride a unicycle? Are you athletic? A tech genius? Gorgeous? Fabulously wealthy? The truth of the matter is that despite what we try to portray (or more accurately, fake) on our social media accounts, …

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Parshas Terumah – Holy Homes

It is a fundamental principle of the Jewish faith that G-d’s constant presence fills all of existence. Whether one prefers the terminology of the Kabbalists that there is “no space void of Him,” of the philosophers who say that G-d is the “First Cause” and “Ongoing Sustainer,” or of the popular children’s song that declares, “Hashem …

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Parshas Mishpatim – Small Gestures, Major Results

How much is a small gesture worth? Consider the following. Children are on the school bus on the way home from a grueling day at school. The bus driver barks at the children. The children’s already edgy mood is exacerbated.  They come home and fight with their siblings. This drives their mother crazy. She takes …

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Parshas Vaeira – Busy and Important? Do Not Read

Wife (calling husband at work): “Hi Honey, I have a great idea. Let’s get a babysitter and go check out that new restaurant tonight. We haven’t been out together in a while.” Husband (barely hearing her): “What did you say? Oh, go out together? Sounds like a good idea, but not tonight, working late.” Child: “Look Mommy, I …

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Parshas Ki Sissa – The Celebrity String

A red string. Michael Jackson had one. Madonna and Britney have one. So do Kurt Russell, Rosie O’Donnell, David and Victoria Beckham, Mick Jagger, and many more (including Demi Moore). Justin Bieber does not have one. Yet. It’s a hot fashion statement – popular among the trendy Hollywood crowd and Eastern European Jewish grandmothers. How’s …

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