Mystical Union – Emor 5781

The Torah commands that Israelites count seven full weeks from the day during Passover when they bring the omer wave-offering (Leviticus 23:15). Immediately thereafter, on the fiftieth day, they are to bring an offering from the newly ripened grain. The purpose of the...

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Religion and Reason – Tzav 5781

Most people fail to understand religion. Their assumption is that religion compels a person to believe in the irrational. Faith opposes reason. Religion ignores or, worse, rejects science. Hence, a religious person is akin to some medieval obscurantist who accepts as...

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Watch What You Say – Emor 5780

Written words are often ambiguous, especially when punctuation is absent. Consider the sentence: “I gave up eating chocolate for a month” which can be read as a statement of self-denial or a statement of resignation and self-medication (“I gave up. Eating chocolate...

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Words to Live By

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

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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