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THE SYMPHONY OF YOU AND ME

Two Texans are sitting on a plane from Dallas and an old Jew is sitting between them. The first Texan says, “My name is Roger. I own 250,000 acres. I have 1,000 head of cattle and they call my place ‘The Jolly Roger’.” The second Texan says, “My name is John. I own 350,000 acres. I have 5,000 head of cattle and they call my place ‘Big John's.” They both look down at the Jewish man who says, “My name is Irving and I own only 300 acres.” Roger says, “300 acres? What do you raise?” “Nothing really,” Irving says. “Well then,” asks John, “what do they call your place?” Irving says, “They call it, Downtown Dallas.”


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ARE YOU HUMBLE?

I always talk to myself; it is the only way to ensure intelligent conversation.—A man

There is something intriguing you will notice in any Torah scroll in the opening word of the third book of the Torah, Vayikra, Leviticus: “ G-d called to Moses." The letter Aleph is written smaller than usual it is in miniature.


This is how it has been since the first Torah Scroll written by Moses 3300 years ago. But why?


The Rebbe explains: here, G-d is calling out to Moses, comes with the small Alef. In Chronicles the theme is recounting the story from humanity beginning with Adam and Eve, continuing throughout the generations, beginning with the first human being, Adam. Here the word “Adam” comes with a large Alef.


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WHY GOLDEN CALF? Parshat Ki Tisa:

Imagine this pandemic occurred in 1999. All we had is 100 minutes and 30 text messages… Oy… How lucky we are for the endless data.


Welcome to the new reality. This past year we’ve all moved into virtual reality: We’re communicating, studying, working, socializing, attending classes on Zoom, Facebook live, Facetime, GoToMeeting, Google Meet.


The new business dress code is a shirt and a tie from the waist up. All else is none of your business…  Wife: “Steven!”  Yes, honey.

She says: “You got a Zoom meeting now. Put on your pants. Don’t sit in your boxers.”

“Okay, honey! But they can hear you.”


Someone sent this message: “I was just on a zoom… Read More »

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