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Pirkei Avot

War: What Is It Good For? Not For The Sake of Heaven

Rabbi Michael Bernstein | Posted 08.11.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Michael Bernstein

Our tradition values peace above all things, and yet, were it not for the willingness to take arms and fight in 1944, there would have been no way to thwart the Nazis and most likely no Israel to defend in 1967. How can we understand such moments?

Unfulfilled Dreams

Rabbi Laura Baum | Posted 03.25.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Laura Baum

Martin Luther King's message reminds us that sometimes we cannot complete a dream ourselves; we can only pave the way for others.

New Year, Better Year

Rabbi Mary Zamore | Posted 03.10.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Mary Zamore

When we consider the great tasks in front of us, we easily freeze not knowing where to start, because we can not be sure that we will see the end of our work. Rabbi Tarfon reminds us that engaging in the task is most important.

Sandy And The Flooded Home: Reading Genesis For Post-Storm Insights

Rabbi Mishael Zion | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Mishael Zion

After the natural disaster, begins the race among readers of holy texts to say something stupid regarding the "reason" for the suffering. This is especially tempting when the weekly Torah portion, Vayera, is the tale of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah.

The Con In Consumerism: A Purim Quest Into Ourselves

Amanda Gelb | Posted 05.07.2012 | Religion
Amanda Gelb

When do we cross the line into materialism or even gluttony? When does having more cease to add appreciably to human satisfaction? Let us cultivate a deeper awareness of our personal measures of success, and celebrate them together.

A Legacy Of Hope

Rachael Freed | Posted 01.02.2012 | Religion
Rachael Freed

Without succumbing to trite phrases, political slogans or a naive perspective, I suggest that we focus on the importance of providing future generations with a legacy of hope.

The Seven Most Powerful Teachings In Judaism

Rabbi Chaim Miller | Posted 10.12.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Chaim Miller

Jews have been battered throughout history, but they always seem to bounce back. Here are the seven most powerful ideas in Judaism that have catalyzed Jewish renewal, time and time again.