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    February 20, 2015

    Where God is Depends on Us

    When children ask us, “where is God?” We usually tell them that “God is everywhere.” It’s a beautiful answer, completely true, but it do...
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    February 10, 2015

    Saturday Night Online Shopping Report: N...

    Just weeks after the 70th Anniversay of the liberation of Auschwitz, and a month after the brutal slaying of Jews and others in Paris, I am reminded o...
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    February 6, 2015

    Shabbat is Everything

    Can’t wait for tonight. Candlelight, a bottle of Bro-Deux from Shirah Wine, fresh challah from our French-Persian bakery with a heavy dose of sesame...
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    January 30, 2015

    Feeding Birds on Shabbat Shira is Holy

    As the saying goes, there is a Jewish holiday for every kind of Jew. Including Bird lovers. There is a very holy Jewish custom — some scholars say t...
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    January 30, 2015

    Doing God’s Work in the Bedroom

    While the NY Times’s article about a prominent Orthodox sex therapist Bat Sheva Marcus,”The Orthodox Sex Guru” 1/22/15, neglects to ...
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Waging Today’s Battles

We read in the Mishna about Moshe and the Jewish people’s battle with Amalek, which we will recall this Shabbat, Parsha Zachor, the Shabbat preceding Purim. “And so it was,…

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Yizkor for Khojaly: Sharing Sorrow and Hope

On February 21-22, Pico Shul, our newly established spiritual community in Los Angeles, organized a “Solidarity and Commemoration Weekend” with local Azerbaijanis and the Consulate of the Republic of Azerbaijan….

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Where God is Depends on Us

When children ask us, “where is God?” We usually tell them that “God is everywhere.” It’s a beautiful answer, completely true, but it doesn’t help when you are older. When…

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Acting With Godliness

The Torah tells us in Parsha Mishpatim, that we are to “Distance yourself from falsehood.” (Ex. 23:7) No other transgression, said Rabbi Simcha Bunim of Przysucha, has this commandment. What…

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VIDEO Featuring Rabbi Chaskel Besser on his 5th Yahrtzeit

This Shabbos marks the 4th yahrtzeit of Rabbi Chaskel Besser. For over 40 years he led Congregation Yisroel Chaim on the Upper West Side and he was a member of…

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Saturday Night Online Shopping Report: Nazi Valentine’s Card on Etsy, Protocols for Kindle on Amazon

Just weeks after the 70th Anniversay of the liberation of Auschwitz, and a month after the brutal slaying of Jews and others in Paris, I am reminded of the fact…