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  • Children Count

    By Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    January 13, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Children often are pestered by well-meaning adults. I remember as a child having my cheeks pinched, or, even worse, my ear lobe pulled by some sweet elderly lady. Recounting this experience at one of my evening classes, one student seriously asked me, "Rabbi, did she pull down or...
  • Wishing

    By Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben

    January 6, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    "Don't wish for fish, fish for fish." These words of sage advice were taught to me by my Grandpa Manny. He was a man of action. He was filled with exuberance for life with a twinkle in his eye and a word of encouragement and inspiration for everyone.

    Grandpa Manny was the one who...

  • Narrowing It Down

    By Rabbi Steven Z. Leder

    December 16, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    The grocery store used to be a painful place for my 10-year-old son. He has trouble making decisions when there are too many choices. Hence, when in search of an after-school snack, Ralph's became his private, post-modern, market-driven hell. "Okay Aaron, what's it gonna be?" I'd...
  • Lighting the Darkness

    By Rabbi Shawn Fields-Meyer

    December 2, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    With the simple act of lighting a candle, you can illuminate an entire room. Add a mirror, and you have twice as much light. So, too with people. We all carry internal sparks, rays of light within. But sometimes it takes another person to show us how to release them to ourselves and...
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  • Sit Right Down and Write Yourself a Letter

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    July 29, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Write a letter. Address it to those you love -- your spouse, your children and grandchild, your friends, your community. Put into this letter what life has taught you: What you learned from childhood, from growing up, from your education. What you learned from marriage and raising...
  • In Abraham’s Shoes; and Julie’s, Too

    By Rabbi Steven Z. Leder

    July 22, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Isaac submits without struggle to the twisted leather straps that bind him. He is a helpless partner in this odd dance of death. Abraham reaches for the knife to slit his son's throat when mercifully, an angel calls out to stop the slaughter. A ram is to die instead of the boy.

    For...

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