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  • Which do you choose—blessings or curses?

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    September 17, 2008 | 10:18 pm

    As we journey through the month of Elul, it is customary to comment on the weekly Torah portions in light of the upcoming Days of Awe. Parshat Ki Tavo is read a few weeks before Rosh Hashanah, and its overriding theme is one that we encounter several times during the High Holy...
  • Blessing a Curse

    By Rabbi Karen Deitsch

    August 9, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Here I am in Israel. My throat is sore, and it seems as if I'm going to spend my remaining days stuffy-nosed while watching subtitled television. This stinks.

    I just bid farewell to the 40 Birthright participants I helped connect with Israel and Judaism over 10 amazing and...

  • Exploring Past Finds Power of Choices

    By Rafael Guber

    February 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    The Hebrew language is not famous for its curse words. There is one, however, emach she'mo, meaning, "may his name be erased."

    In our tradition, it is a horrible curse to be erased from human memory. For example, Hitler, emach she'mo: Even as we remember him, we remember to forget...

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