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Parasha Insights

WHAT IS YOUR WISH FOR THE NEW YEAR?

Chaim Bialik, one of Israel’s great poets, once found himself walking through the very religious neighborhood of Meah Shearim, in Jerusalem, looking for a synagogue. Coming across a young child in the street, Bialik asked him, “Where’s the synagogue?”

The child replied, “The synagogue is only for Jews, not for non-Jews.”To which Bialik retorted, “Why do you think I’m not Jewish? The child answered, “Because you are not wearing a kippah.” Bialik, looking up to the heavens, said… Read More »

LIFE FILLED WITH BLESSINGS

The Pope goes to New York. He is picked up at the airport by a limousine driven by a Jew. He looks at the beautiful car and says to the driver, "You know, I hardly ever get to drive. Would you please let me?"

The Jewish driver is understandably hesitant and says, "I'm sorry, but I don't think I'm supposed to do that." 

But the Pope persists, "Please?" The driver finally lets up. "Oh, all right, I can't really say no to the Pope."

So the Pope  takes… Read More »

What is True Happiness?

This week's Torah portion Ki Tavo opens with a discussion of the Mitzvah of Bikkurim, the First Fruits. Upon the ripening of the first fruits of the season  a farmer would fill a basket with the ripened fruits and bring them to the Temple in Jerusalem, and offer them as a gift to the Kohen, to declare thanks to G-d for His goodness.

Bringing the Bikkurim was, first and foremost, a celebration of all the gifts the farmer received from G-d. It is interesting, that for the first several years in Israel, there were no Bikkurim. It only… Read More »

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