Happiness, Not Comfort – Parshat Terumah 5773

“When Adar arrives we increase our happiness.” (Talmud, Ta’anit 29a) We have just entered the month of Adar beginning a season of joy and celebration that includes Purim and Pesach. I think it is pertinent to discuss how to actually achieve happiness. There is a verse in Psalms (105:3) which states,  “Happy is the heart of those who seek G-d.”  Notice that the verse does not say   “Happy is the heart ...

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Minor Thefts – Parshat Mishpatim 5773

I was recently a passenger on a small airline flying out of Stewart Airport, I think it was called, Skybus. On Skybus you have to pay for everything; the muffins were $2 each, coffee was $1.50 etc.  After the crew had finished selling the muffins the stewardess was cleaning up somewhere in the back of the plane. I noticed a man walking toward the front of the plane to take ...

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My Child – Parshat Yitro 5773

I recently travelled with one of my children, which was a wonderful experience, giving us a lot of time together, without too many distractions.  As we were getting onto the plane, I handed our boarding passes to the stewardess, but it was not obvious that my son was standing with me, so she pointed to him and said, “Does he belong to you?”  My automatic response was, “Yes,” because I understood ...

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Chapped Skin and Hand-cream – Parshas Beshalach 5773

It is winter and one of the things that I have been thinking of is chapped skin. Yes, it is true; my hands are very rough and chapped. I use a hand-cream on them, but, when I put on my tie I can feel the fabric catching on my skin. I cannot help thinking that one of the reasons my hands are chapped is because as a religious Jew I ...

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Gateways 15th Anniversary Benefit

Join us on March 7th, 2013 for our 15th Anniversary Benefit. Keynote speaker: Professor Alan Dershowitz. Guest of honor: Kevin Bermeister (City of Jerusalem Award); Honorary Chairmen: Sheldon Silver & Ido Aharoni. Young Leadership Award: Greg Gurevich. The event supports The Brownstone Experience – a new vibrant, cultural, educational, and social center for young Jews to gather, explore ideas, create community, and grow spiritually and intellectually. ...

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Remembering the Exodus – Parshat Bo 5773

Parshat Bo Generally, we classify the commandments of the Torah into commandments that pertain to our relationship with G-d and commandments that pertain to our relationship with other people. There are some who had a third category, the commandments that govern the relationship between body and soul, in other relationship with the self. Generally, when we think about the commandment to remember the Exodus, we usually define it as being a a ...

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