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The Last Goodbye; The First Hello

 

Opening his front door, the rabbi found himself face to face with the local priest. "Rabbi, may I have a few words with you?" asked the priest.

"Of course, Father," the rabbi replied nervously.

"As you know," began the priest, "this town is plagued by thieves. Almost daily, one of my flock comes to me bemoaning that his house was broken into. However, the thieves do not bother you Jews nearly as much."

"Father, you are correct."

"Yes, rabbi, but why is that?" inquired the priest.

"This little box on the side of my door post is called a Mezuzah," said the rabbi. "We Jews believe that when we put on at the entrances to our houses, the Holy One, blessed be… Read More »

WHY TWO TABLETS?

 

Before the Jews, G-d approached all the other nations and asked if they would like to accept the Torah. Each refused because of some commandment in the Bible to which they could not possibly adhere. When G-d presented the offer to the Jews, their sole question was: How much do you want for it? To which G-d responded: “It’s free.” The Jews replied, “Give us two.”

This week's Torah portion, Va'etchanan, tells of The Ten Commandments, the Crown Jewel of Judaism. They are all-encompassing—within them all of the 613 Mitzvot of the Torah, unequaled in their simplicity, solemnity, and comprehensiveness. They constitute the basis of civilization and human advancement.

Yet this ultimate declaration… Read More »

DO YOU HAVE FEARS?

 

A couple recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. While cutting the cake, the wife was moved at seeing her husband’s eyes fill with tears. She looked at him affectionately.

“I never knew you were so sentimental,” she whispered.

“No... No...” he said, choking back his tears, “That’s not it at all. Remember when your father found us in the barn and told me to either marry you or spend the next 50 years in jail?”

“Yes,” the wife replied. “I remember it like yesterday.”

“Well,” said the husband, “Today I would have been a free man.”

This week’s Torah portion, Devarim, relates the story of when the 12 spies returned from… Read More »

WHO KEEPS THE KEYS TO THE HOLY TEMPLE

 

In this week's Torah portion, Matot-Maasei, G-d said to Israel: "You shall inherit the Land and settle in it, for I have given you the Land to inherit it."

Following G-d's words, Moses warned the Jews against a two-state solution. If you have people who respect you and appreciate you, you can live side by side in tranquility and safety. But if you are dealing with people who believe and raise their children to believe that Jews are the Satan and Allah wants them eradicated, then by having them near you, you are in a constant state of war. When you are in a state of war, you can’t afford to give any control to your enemy, for he will use it to destroy you.

The Arab objective has never been to establish the 22nd… Read More »

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