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  • My first trip to Israel

    December 19, 2013 | 11:34 am

    For decades I dreamed of what my first trip to Israel would be like. I expected to go with my family. Maybe our best friends would travel with us. Perhaps my cousins . . . But as it turned out, the first time my feet touched ground in the Promised Land I was with a group of women,...

  • ¡Ask a Mexican! Gustavo Arellano gets it right—Aztlan != Israel

    By The Web Guy

    November 13, 2008 | 8:30 pm

    I have to quote the entire thing to give you the flavor:

    Dear Mexican: In a column some time ago, you mentioned the Aztec prophecy claiming that “their descendants would reclaim ancestral lands in the Southwest U.S., and guess what?” I’d appreciate it if you shed a little light...

  • How to comfort and be comforted

    By Rabbi N. Daniel Korobkin

    August 14, 2008 | 12:46 am

    Consoling people after they've suffered a loss, especially when it's the death of a loved one, is never easy. No matter what we say, we can never bring back the beloved to this world. How often do we sit by the mourner's side in awkward silence, feeling completely impotent in our...
  • Correct priorities

    By Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    July 24, 2008 | 12:40 am

    While I was in my synagogue's office one morning, the phone rang, and I answered. The lady on the other end said, "Hello, may I please speak to the owner?"

    I answered, "Certainly, it will be our pleasure to let you talk to him. You have reached The House of God, and the Owner is...

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  • Commitment Counts

    By Rabbi Joel Rembaum

    July 19, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Ask 10 Jews with a reasonable background in Torah the question, "Why did God not allow Moses to lead the Israelites into the Promised Land?" and nine of them would probably say: "Because Moses hit the rock instead of talking to it in order to bring forth water and failed to sanctify...
  • Enemy in Our Midst

    By Rabbi N. Daniel Korobkin

    July 12, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    "But if you do not completely drive out the inhabitants, those who remain will be pins in your eyes and thorns in your sides. They will harass you in your own land" (Numbers 33:55).

    God awarded the land of Israel to His chosen people, but He didn't just give it to us on a silver...

  • A Nod to Heroes of Past and Present

    By Simon Greer

    April 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The holiday of Passover celebrates the liberation of the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt, but the Haggadah doesn't mention

    Nachshon ben Aminadav.

    Who was this man?

    According to the biblical account of the Exodus, the people have no sooner left Egypt than they encounter a...

  • Quality, Not Quantity

    By Rabbi Susan Laemmle

    May 9, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    This week's Torah portion begins a new biblical book, after which the parsha is named in English, "Numbers,"and in Hebrew, "Bamidbar," best translated as "In the Wilderness."

    Juxtaposing the two very different names turns out to have resonance, both then and now. Between leaving...

  • A Portion of Parshat Ki Tavo

    By Abby Gilad

    September 6, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Very soon, the people of Israel will step across the border of the Promised Land. It is a land of abundance, full of fruits and crops. It is a land in which the rain falls at the right time and in the right amount. It is a land with mountains and deserts, rivers and oceans.

    What is...

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