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  • The Laws of Life

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    February 11, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Among those who left Egypt, there were two -- Berel and Shmerel. As slaves, these two had grown so accustomed to looking down at the ground, they could no longer lift their eyes.

    And, so, when Moses brought Israel across the Red Sea, Berel asked Shmerel, "What do you see?"

    "I see mud,"...

  • Complaining the Jewish Way

    By Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    January 14, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Schwartz, a wealthy Jew, took ill in Boston. The medics rushed him to the best hospital, Mass General, where he received VIP treatment. But, after one week, he requested to be transferred to Beth Israel, a much smaller and less prestigious hospital.

    At Beth Israel, an intern gathered...

  • The Image of an Honorable Man

    By Rabbi Janet Ross Marder

    December 10, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Every summer, my sisters and I, along with our husbands and children, spend a few days with our parents at Red's Meadow resort near Mammoth. The cabins are rustic; the air is bracing; the pace is deliciously unhurried. By now, our visits are a cluster of beloved rituals. One day we...

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  • Secular and Sacred

    By Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    December 3, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Recently, an analysis appeared in the press about the Jewish elements in American popular music. Discussing musicians such as Gershwin and Berlin, the author noted that these composers included melodies from synagogue and Jewish folk music in their compositions.

    The interaction of...

  • Climbing Jacob’s Ladder

    By Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben

    November 26, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    When I was 16, my family picked up and moved from Santa Monica, where I had been born and raised, to Sacramento. The move came on the heels of the best and most exciting year of my life. My first year of high school had been an amazing whirl of new and old friends, educational...

  • ‘Very’ Difficult Choices

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    November 19, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    The word "m'od," which means "very" or "much," is a very common biblical word. At the end of the sixth day of creation, for example, when God assesses the world He has created, He proclaims it to be "tov m'od," very good. In the Torah reading this week, though, we find a very...

  • Creating Order in Our Lives

    By Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky

    October 15, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Isn't technology great? I'll tell you why I'm asking. The first chapter of the Torah is always presumed to be about creation, and God's power and wisdom in His role as Creator. In a book published about a dozen years ago, Harvard Divinity School's Dr. Jon Levenson takes issue with...

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