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Our parasha, Yitro, is one of two in the Torah that presents the narrative of the Revelation at Mount Sinai (the other is Va’etchanan in Devarim). Ma’amad Har Sinai (the Revelation) … more
When I was young, I was an avid reader of novels. As I’ve grown older, I have found myself more interested in good biographies, especially those of great men that try to focus on what made … more
The book of Bereishit ends on a sublime note of reconciliation between Jacob’s sons. Joseph’s brothers were afraid that he had not really forgiven them for selling him into slavery. They suspected … more
They called him a horse thief. That was the worst possible epithet that one could hurl at a young man in the early 19th century shtetl of Czernovitz. Back then, a horse was a very necessary item, … more
Ezra the Scribe (5th century BCE) was one of the great leaders of the Jewish people. One of his most significant achievements was the establishment of the exact format in which a sefer Torah must … more
One afternoon during the second Intifada, our unit responded to heavy gunfire coming from El Khader, one of the Arab villages along … more
Rabbi Sacks zt’’l had prepared a full year of Covenant & Conversation for 5781, based on his book “Lessons in Leadership.” The Office of Rabbi Sacks will carry on … more
Many years ago, when I was studying for my doctorate in psychology, we had a number of fairly strict requirements in addition to our courses in psychology. For example, we were expected to … more
Our parasha presents us with one of the most famous nevuot in the entire Tanach, Ya’akov and the sulam (ladder): “And he dreamed and behold! a sulam — ladder set up on the … more
There is war, and then there is madness. In war, one has to fight, but when madness sets in, sometimes has to run. Such was the question on a dark October afternoon in 1973, when the quiet beauty … more
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