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    The elixir of olive oil

    Nov 29, 2018 Go comment!
    Think of Chanukah, and you almost always think of olive oil. Beyond being a key ingredient in fried latkes or doughnuts, oil is traditionally used to light Chanukah candles, though these days most of us are accustomed to lighting wax candles. But, regardless of the time of year, the story of olive oil is illuminating, flavoursome, and worthy of appreciation.
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    Chocolate babka doughnuts the best of both worlds

    Nov 29, 2018 Go comment!
    Babka is nearly a weekly occurrence in my house, and I can think of few things better. But it’s not just me: Babka has really been getting the recognition it deserves all over the country, making appearances everywhere from artisanal bakeries to Jewish delis, even high-end restaurants.
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    Is the Chanukah dreidel just a children’s toy?

    Nov 29, 2018 Go comment!
    Central to every Jew’s childhood memories of Chanukah is a game of dreidel and a stash of gelt. It is true to say that after the chanukiah, the dreidel is Chanukah’s most iconic symbol. However, according to Rabbi Yehuda Stern, there is far more to this spinning top than we may think.
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    Confront horror by asking ‘why?’

    Nov 22, 2018 Go comment!
    In Parashat Vayishlach, we find Jacob fearing for himself and his family as he prepares to confront his brother Esau for the first time since stealing his birthright so many years before.
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    • ParshaRabbiPink

    Resist the Laban herd mentality

    Nov 15, 2018 Go comment!
    Modern-day society has sprouted all types of gurus. We have experts on childcare and healthy eating, education, and entertainment. Self-help books top best seller lists every year.
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    • RabbiLandau

    The ultimate blessing

    Nov 08, 2018 Go comment!
    On the first night of Pesach in the Jewish year 2171, Yaakov Avinu, the studious, devoted servant of Hashem, followed his mother’s prophetic advice and tricked his father, Yitzchak, into giving him the blessings of the first born. His older brother Esav, the talented, brilliant trickster and murderer, was furious, and bent on revenge. Yaakov was forced to flee, while Esav resided in comfort.
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    • Rabbi Deren

    Pittsburgh’s Jewry needs us more than ever

    Nov 01, 2018 Go comment!
    In 1943, my great grandfather, Rabbi Sholom Posner, was sent by the Lubavitcher Rebbe to Pittsburgh to secure the foundations of the fledgling yeshiva school.
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    • ParshaKievemanShemos

    Time for ourselves

    Oct 25, 2018 Go comment!
    The past few weeks have been replete with Jewish holidays. From days of awe to days of joy, we experienced mega doses of holiness, joy, and inspiration.
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    • Parshas Ki Tetze - Rabbi Yossi Goldman

    Journey to serenity starts with accepting what we cannot change

    Oct 18, 2018 Go comment!
    Every rabbi has an airport story. In fact, some rabbis tell so many incredible stories of providential encounters on airplanes, that I wonder if it is physically possible for them to have travelled on as many airplanes as they have stories!
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    • RabbiSchell

    Cure loneliness by showing up and caring

    Oct 11, 2018 Go comment!
    When G-d created Paradise, each new creation was accompanied by the declaration, “Ki tov”, (It is good). Only human loneliness was deemed unworthy of G-d’s support – lo tov he-i'yot le-vado (It is not good for man to be alone.)
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    • ParshaRabbiSamThurgood

    Home is Hashem on Sukkot

    Sep 20, 2018 Go comment!
    The most difficult question I have been asked about Judaism is, “Which is your favourite festival?” Ooh, I don’t know! I love the traditions of Pesach: sitting with family and community members and speaking about Hashem’s love for us and kindness in taking us out of Egypt, tasting matza, and singing Dayeinu.
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    • ChiefRabbi

    What is the difference between hearing and listening?

    Sep 06, 2018 Go comment!
    Why is it that music has such a deep effect on us? Sometimes it seems as though music has a direct line to our souls. It affects our mood and our emotions. It can make us laugh or cry. It can make us get up and dance, and it can make us stop and think. It can soothe us, uplift us, and stir us to the depths of our being.
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    • RabbiJohnathanSacks

    Shofar an almighty alarm clock

    Sep 06, 2018 Go comment!
    There are many lovely explanations for why we blow the shofar on Rosh Hashanah, but one of the most powerful is given by Moses Maimonides. For Maimonides, the shofar is G-d’s alarm clock, waking us up from the “slumber” in which we spend many of our days. What did he mean?
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    • Parshas Ki Tetze - Rabbi Yossi Goldman

    New year brings new light, new life

    Sep 06, 2018 Go comment!
    Hey, does anybody here still make new year’s resolutions? Or are we all over that phase? Maybe you do still make resolutions, and yours goes something like mine?
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    Facing our potential as we face our creator

    Sep 06, 2018 Go comment!
    People over-estimate themselves.
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    • MashiLipskar

    Making our world Hashem’s home

    Sep 06, 2018 Go comment!
    Rosh Hashanah, the first day of the month of Tishrei, is the day on which we beseech Hashem to grant us our needs for the year to come.
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    • ParshaRabbiWidmonte

    Slave, rebel and humble infinity

    Sep 06, 2018 Go comment!
    “… two vast and trunkless legs of stone Stand in the desert. Near them on the sand, Half sunk, a shatter’d visage lies, whose frown And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command Tell that its sculptor well those passions read … And on the pedestal these words appear: ‘My name is Ozymandias, king of kings: Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!’ Nothing beside remains: round the decay Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare, The lone and level sands stretch far away.”
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    The spiritual story behind a South African shofar-maker

    Sep 06, 2018 Go comment!
    How did a Rustenburg pharmacist become the manufacturer of shofarim that have found their way to every corner of the globe? For Marinda du Preez, it started with a visit to Israel over the high holy days, from Rosh Hashanah to Sukkot, in 1998.
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    Bringing a modern consciousness to ancient prayers

    Sep 06, 2018 Go comment!
    In just a few days, many of us will be standing in shul, listening as the chazan intones the familiar yet soul-stirring incantation of the prayer, U’netaneh Tokef.
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    • RabbiGreg

    Today is the birthday of the world

    Sep 06, 2018 Go comment!
    During the blowing of the shofar, we declare Hayom harat olam! (This is the birthday of the world!) Wait, we all know that Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish new year, but here we are celebrating the birthday of the world, nothing less! Let’s try to understand this.
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