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Do You Believe

By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

July 17, 1997 | 8:00 pm

For a small donation, you can now e-mail your prayers to a site in Jerusalem where they will be placed into the Kotel, the Western Wall, on your behalf.

With a powerful computer, scholars in... read full article

  • Preventing Death

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    July 10, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    One afternoon, as I wheeled my shopping cart down an aisle of the local market, a 3-year-old riding in his mother's cart came up along the other side. He was one of the students in the nursery school, and when he recognized me, his mouth dropped open, he pointed, and he shouted,...
  • Follow the Leader

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    July 3, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    A yeshiva outgrew its downtown quarters and moved to the former site of an upstate boys' academy. Finding a boathouse on the property, the Rosh Yeshiva called in one of the rabbis and ordered him to organize a rowing team.

    "Rebbe, what do we know from rowing?" the rabbi asked.

    "We can...

  • The Spiritual Tourist

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    June 26, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Near Mt. Amir in Israel. Photo from "Skyline" 1990 My neighbors completed an around-the-world trip. It was their dream, the trip of a lifetime. When we gathered to welcome them home, they eagerly described the journey's highlights -- the Sheraton in Bangkok, the Kentucky Fried...
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  • Alligators Under

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    June 19, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    I learned most of my theology not from my teachers but from my children. When my daughter, Nessa, was 3 years old, we had a routine. Each night, I would tuck her into bed, sing our bedtime prayers, kiss her good night and attempt to sneak out of the room. Halfway down the hall, she...
  • Lifestyles of the Rich and Miserable

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    June 12, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Everything in Creation has a purpose, teaches the Midrash. But when someone gave us a gift subscription to People Weekly magazine, I was left to wonder if I had found the first truly purposeless thing in God's universe.

    You know People, the epitome of "lite" culture, with its short,...

  • The Mirror of

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    June 5, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi Lawrence Kushner tells of the time he brought a nursery-school class into the synagogue sanctuary for a tour. He showed them the bimah, the ner tamid, the cantor's and rabbi's lecterns. Finally, the tiny kids stood before the huge doors of the Holy Ark.

    "What do you suppose is...

  • Torah Portion

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    May 29, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Because of our sins were we exiled from our land, and displaced far from our soil." Thus the festival Musaf prayer expresses the theology of this week's Torah portion: Obedience and loyalty to God brings rewards of prosperity and security. Sin brings exile and its terrors.

    For a very...

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