Archive for April, 2007

Kedoshim 5767 – The Chosen People

April 28, 2007

קְדשִׁים תִּהְיוּ כִּי קָדוֹשׁ אֲנִי יְי אֱ-להֵיכֶם: “You shall be holy; for I the Lord your God am holy.” The second of this week’s two parshas, Kedoshim, opens with a commandment – the commandment for us to be holy, or set apart.  This idea of being holy or set apart is one that we see...
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Virginia Tech update

April 21, 2007

In yesterday’s entry about the Virginia Tech tragedy, I quoted Informed Comment, who wrote “”The Real Reason for the shootings at Virginia Tech? In the United States, violently mentally ill persons are allowed to buy hand guns.” It turns out that information is not accurate. When I got up this morning I saw the...
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Tazria – Metzora 5767 — Virginia Tech

April 20, 2007

Why? Why should 32 students and teachers at Virginia Tech have had their lives cut so tragically short? Austin Cloyd was one of Cho Seung-Hui’s youngest victims.  The 18-year-old freshman loved to act, to sing, play volleyball, read, go shopping. She was always dressed just so. A friend remembers a trip to Old Navy...
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Yizkor Passover 5767

April 17, 2007

One of the great mysteries of life is our desire to know what happens when life is over. Not infrequently, when I meet with a family that is struggling with the loss of a loved one I get asked, “what does Judaism say about the afterlife? What happens after we die?” Judaism does not...
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Shemini 5767 – the power of silence

April 16, 2007
Shemini 5767 – the power of silence

And Nadav and Avihu, the sons of Aaron, took each of them his censer, and put fire in it, and put incense on it, and offered strange fire before the Lord, which he commanded them not. And there went out fire from the Lord, and devoured them, and they died before the Lord. Then...
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Shabbat Chol haMoed Pesach 5767

April 7, 2007

“And remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and that the Lord your God brought you out from there with a mighty hand and with a stretched out arm; therefore the Lord your God commanded you to keep the sabbath day (Deut. 5:15).” Today – the Shabbat during Pesach –...
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