Rabbi Wayne Allen

Asking Why – Lekh Lekha 5782

The genius of the Torah is that the picture of the world it presents often correlates with current ideas. For instance, since the pioneering work of Donald Winnicott at the beginning of the twentieth century, psychologists have come to accept as true the notion that...

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Judaism and Science – Noah 5782

One of the towering figures in modern philosophy is Karl Popper. Born to Jewish parents in Vienna in 1902 he escaped the rise of Nazism by fleeing o New Zealand and eventually London, England. Popper is best known for his books The Logic of Scientific Discovery and...

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True Victory – Hol HaMo’ed Sukkot 5782

The midrash (Pesiqta d’Rav Kahana, ed. Mandelbaum, Vol. II, p. 406) identifies seven specific commandments related to the celebration of Sukkot: the taking of the lulav, etrog, myrtles, and willows, the building of the sukkah, and the joyful celebration of the...

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From One, Many – Ki Tavo 5781

If there is an overarching theme to Aviyah Kirshner’s recent book The Grammar of God is that the Hebrew language and Biblical syntax is rich in meaning. Those who are able to decode the original scriptural text are rewarded. An illustration of why this is true comes...

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What lies behind you and what lies ahead of you pales in comparison to what lies inside you.

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