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  • ‘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...
  • All the Children

    By Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    October 8, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    On the eve of Simchat Torah, many synagogues auction the three major honors of the day, with proceeds benefiting the synagogue or other Jewish institutions. Two honors, Hatan Torah (for the one called to the final reading in Deuteronomy) and Hatan Bereshit (for the one called to the...
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  • Moses’ Musical, Poetic Ethical Will

    By Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben

    October 1, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    One of my favorite things to do is write children's songs. Over the years, I have written lots of innocuous little ditties for kids as a way of teaching them about Jewish holidays and rituals, ethics and values, and how to treat families and friends. Long ago, when I was just...
  • Keeping Score

    By Rabbi Steven Z. Leder

    September 24, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Most of us do a pretty good job of keeping score. We know how to tally the insults, gossip, infidelities, meanness, foolishness and anger of the past year. We know where we went wrong. We know how to be honest and even tough on ourselves. Like the cartoonist Jules Feiffer's character...
  • Living in the Here and Now

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    September 17, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    When the Chassidic master, Reb Yitzchak Yakov, the Seer of Lublin, died, his disciples divided his worldly goods. One got his books and his notes, another his shtender, his study lectern, one his Kiddush cup, another his tallit and tefillin. When it was all distributed, there...
  • Parenting by Example

    By Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben

    September 3, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    I remember how amazed I was by the story. Tom and Pauline Nichter and their 11-year-old son, Jason, were on the nightly news, speaking with reporters from the police station. They had found a lost wallet on the street; it contained more than $2,000 in cash, a credit card, a passport...

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