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  • Torah Portion

    By Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben

    July 2, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Water and Women: The Sustenance of Life

    By Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben

    I grew up the only boy in a family with three girls. Although this definitely didn't make me an expert on women, it did give me a firsthand knowledge of how women...

  • Torah Portion

    By Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky

    June 25, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    The True Meaning of Freedom

    By Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky

    They're coming! The fireworks, the concerts and the barbecues are all happily bearing down upon us as the Fourth of July approaches again. Instinctively, and...

  • Fatal Flaws

    By Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    June 18, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Students of drama are well acquainted withAristotle's view about the "fatal flaw." Protagonists of tragedy, nomatter how exalted, are brought down by a tragic flaw from within:bad judgment or bad character.

    Centuries before Aristotle developed his theory,the Torah illustrated it,...

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  • Torah Portion

    By Rabbi Steven Z. Leder

    June 11, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Striking the S-Word

    By Rabbi Steven Z. Leder

    I never heard the N-word, growing up, because we were Jewish. For my parents, the S-word sufficed. Although they never would have denied someone an opportunity based on skin color, it was " schvartzes " who...

  • Torah Portion

    By Rabbi Debra Orenstein

    June 4, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    It is wonderful to volunteer more, do more, commit more. But our tradition, with love and practicality, offers this caution: Check first that your basic obligations are met.

    Who is greater: a person who is obligated to perform a certain act...

  • Torah Portion

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    May 28, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Martin Buber was wrong. Buber proposed that "alllife is meeting," and that all human interactions fit into twocategories: I-Thou and I-It. I-Thou describes those close, mutual,responsive relationships in which we become genuine, unique personsto one another. I-It is for everything...

  • Torah Portion

    By Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben

    May 21, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    I grew up as a hyperactive child. Of course, noone ever called it that at the time. They didn't yet have suchclinical labels for every childhood behavioral challenge.

    I was just considered to be a problem child. Icouldn't sit still in class and I was constantly (read: daily)getting...

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