Bereshit 5775 – Knowing Good from Evil

October 20, 2014
Bereshit 5775 – Knowing Good from Evil

“And the LORD God said: ‘Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil; and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever.’ Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the Garden of Eden, to...
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Yom Kippur — The Day Atones

October 4, 2014
Yom Kippur — The Day Atones

Yom Kippur atones only for those who repent.  Rabbi says: Yom Kippur atones whether one repents or one does not repent. …Talmud, Shevuot 13a On Yom Kippur, the day itself atones… as it is written, For on this day, it shall atone for you.  …Mishneh Torah, Laws of Repentance...
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Israel Trail Day 46: Barak to Tzihor

October 3, 2014
Israel Trail Day 46: Barak to Tzihor

October 2, 2014 Wikiloc Map: Barak to Tzihor Distance: 32.1 km (20 miles) Total distance since Tel Dan: 983km (610 miles) Barak Canyon is one of the most impressive sections of the Israel Trail.  The topography reminded me of Petra — narrow, sheer vertical cliff walls. It’s really a special place. I had decided...
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Ha’azinu 5774 Teshuva (Repentance) From Love

September 21, 2014
Ha’azinu 5774  Teshuva (Repentance) From Love

Return, O Israel, to the Lord your God, for you have fallen because of your sin. …Hosea 14:2 This week is “Shabbat Shuvah,” the Shabbat between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.  The time when we are supposed to step our efforts to perform teshuvah.  Teshuvah literally would mean to return, as in turn to...
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Nitzavim 5774 — Choose Life!

September 19, 2014
Nitzavim 5774 — Choose Life!

I call on heaven and earth as witnesses today that I have offered you life or death, blessings or curses. Choose life so that you and your descendants will live. …Deuteronomy 30:19 There are some verses in the Torah that always jump out at me — and this is one of them. A few...
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A Visit to Hebron

September 12, 2014
A Visit to Hebron

If a picture is worth a thousand words, seeing something first-hand is worth a thousand pictures. Any Israeli who reads the newspapers has at least a rough idea of what’s going on in Hebron: A small community of approximately 700 Jews is living in the heart of a Palestinian city of 250,000. Yet somehow...
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