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God: The Source of All Blessing

Parshat Vayeitzei

“Vayishman Yeshurun vayiv’at-shamanta, ‘avita, kasita…” (Devarim 32:15).

Hashem is “caught” in a conundrum (kviyachol)! He loves His nation of Israel, His children (as He Himself calls them) and therefore delights in showering them

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The Prohibitively High Cost Of Poorly Delivered Rebuke And Ignored Rebuke

An Encounter That Went Very Wrong

It is a fateful encounter that shaped the course of Jewish history but went wrong. The unfortunate fact is that if either side handled the situation more constructively, we could have averted tragedy.

Shlomo HaMelech Went Way
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Before, During and After the Camp David Accords

Highlighting: “President Carter: The White House Years,” by Stuart Eizenstadt, forward by Madeleine Albright. Thomas Dunne Books; illustrated hardcover edition (April 24, 2018) ISBN: 1250104556.

This book spans 999 pages with many chapters. I am going to limit most of my

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Seeing the Blessings Through the Clouds

It goes without saying that 2020 has not been what any of us imagined. Now into month eight of the pandemic, it’s easy to feel fatigued from the numerous and cumulative challenges of the last several months.

During what was a particularly trying week last week, I recalled the words of Fred

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‘Of Making Many Books There Is No End’

The Jewish prayer book, or siddur, is the one Jewish text that Jews use most frequently but about which they know the least. When the first authorized siddur appeared in the ninth century, Rav Amram Gaon appended some instructions and laws. In the following centuries and across many countries, various prayer books (based on the

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The Courage to Live With Doubt: A Tribute to Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks zt”l

I never attended a single lecture of his. I was never a member of any of the many institutions he ran. I never even met him in person. Nonetheless, I consider myself a student of the late Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks. It has been almost two weeks since I heard of Rabbi Sacks’ passing and I still cannot come to terms with it. I cannot shake

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A Conversation With Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, zt”l

On Sunday, January 12, 2020, I reached out to Rabbi J.J. Schacter with a “make a wish” request for my father, Morris Robinson, who was in hospice at home with end-stage pancreatic cancer. Throughout his life, my father’s Jewish learning was largely self-driven, and he found great meaning in the teachings of Rav Soloveitchick

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Spotlight on Willie Hochman

Willie Hochman knows a good organization when he sees it.

He spent a number of years working on Wall Street, for Standard & Poors, and when he left that role 15 years ago, he searched for a new opportunity that would engage his business skills and passion for the Jewish community. He found

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Spotlight on Willie Hochman

Willie Hochman knows a good organization when he sees it.

He spent a number of years working on Wall Street, for Standard & Poors, and when he left that role 15 years ago, he searched for a new opportunity that would engage his business skills and passion for the Jewish community. He found

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Five Reasons to Be Thankful

Although Thanksgiving is not a Jewish holiday, we American Jews hold it very dear to our hearts and for good reason. Gratitude, which is the hallmark of Jewish life, causes happiness. We’ve all seen a plethora of negativity this year. Let’s focus on being grateful for what we have:

1. Be thankful you are a Jew. While

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The Empty Pages of Our Guest Book

In August 2005, we were asked to host a young man from Memphis for Shabbat. He was quite personable, and we enjoyed our Shabbat meals together, delighted to have been able to offer him hospitality for the weekend.

When he was ready to leave on Saturday night, he asked, “Do you have a guest

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The Night My Hospital Ran Out of Ventilators

I was there the night my hospital ran out of ventilators. In March of this year, Northern New Jersey was scrambling to cope with a surge of COVID-19 infections. And intensivists like me were being called upon to care for those who could no longer breathe independently as the virus ravaged their lungs with an onslaught of damaging

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