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Jewish Journal

Rabbi Yakov Vann

  • A One-sided Case

    June 13, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Ever meet someone who always seems angry? A person ready to bite at your every word? An individual before whom you need to walk on eggshells whenever you interact with them? Why is that? What is at the root of the problem and what should our approach be in dealing with them?

    Looking...

  • The Miracle of Charity

    March 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    As we exit Purim and enter into Passover, we find ourselves in the season of redemption. In the words of the Talmud, we are ben geulah ligeulah (between redemptions).

    There are many similarities in the stories of Purim and Pesach. Both find our people struggling for their survival...

  • The Most Dangerous Game

    November 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Today I received a phone call from an 18-year-old named Steven. Steven and I were scheduled to meet at Starbucks in a few days, prior to his leaving for U.S. military service. He called to let me know that he could not keep our appointment as the Marine Corps insisted that he report...

  • Law and Order

    August 23, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    "Judges and officers shall you appoint in all of your cities."

    This divine commandment to establish a judicial system serves as the basis of all Western law; a fair system affording protection to each of its citizens and guests.

    Though this is a communal responsibility, it is...

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