Chapped Hands and the Temple

We are approaching spring, hopefully, but as winter continues one of the things that I have been thinking about is chapped skin. Yes, my hands get very rough and chapped.  I use a hand cream on them, but, when I put on my tie I can actually feel the fabric catching on my skin.  I cannot help thinking that one of the reasons my hands are chapped is because as ...

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Haman’s Final Solution

One of the most ancient and persistent enemies of the Jewish people was the nation of Amalek, the first enemy to attack the Jews after the Exodus from Egypt.  A descendant of the Amalekites, Haman, had ascended to the position of “prime minister” of the Persian Empire.  This rabid anti-Semite planned an empire-wide pogrom to eliminate the Jewish people.  He chose the date for this mass murder by casting lots. ...

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Snow Storm

Snow Storm

We are just on the brink of experiencing a massive winter snow storm here in New Jersey. As I write this we are expecting between one and two feet of snow to fall tomorrow.  Personally, I don’t like winter, and I don’t enjoy the snow, however, from a Jewish perspective, winter isn't really so bad.  One reason that we are positive about winter in traditional Jewish thought is due to ...

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