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Hearing Each Other: Lessons from a Spiritual Giant

The moment Shabbat was out, I got the news. Not the news that Biden had won the election, but that Rabbi Jonathan Sacks had passed away. I was shocked. I knew the rabbi was battling cancer, and [...]

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Keeping Your Faith During the Election

The acrimonious exchange during the Presidential debate – and the various media outlet’s take on the Trump/Biden exchange – has left many feeling like there is no longer respect in our society [...]

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The Greatness that Lies Within

At the age of 57, Rachamim Cohen seemed to have a great life.  He was the father of six beautiful children and a proud grandfather, held a Ph.D. in Special Education, worked in a senior position [...]

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Aleph Bet: Going from One to Two

Most Hebrew months have one character or theme. The character of the month of Adar, for example is one of happiness during which the joyous holiday of Purim falls out. The upcoming month [...]

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A Grasshopper Among Men

On May 29, 1953 Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became the first to climb Mount Everest, the tallest mountain in the world. What is incredible to me though, is that since that time over [...]

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Celebrating Israel in Isolation: Finding Opportunity in the Crisis

After recently helping dozens of members of the Manhattan Jewish Experience community prepare for their Seders alone, and a month into a new world of isolation and social distancing, we received [...]

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The Perfect Time to Break Some Bad Habits

This past Shabbat there was knock at my door. It was one of my students, a 27-year old attorney who frequents Manhattan Jewish Experience and is an important part of our community of young [...]

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A Spiritual Response to the Coronavirus

In the 1960’s, Reb Shlomo Carlebach would travel to the former Soviet Union to distribute Tefilin, Mezuzot, Yarmulkes and other religious items forbidden in Russia at the time. At the end of one [...]

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God and the Impeachment

Something extraordinary and quite religious took place in American politics this week. Senator Mitt Romney became the only Republican to vote in favor of impeachment. What is significant to me as [...]

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Anti-Semitism Turned on Its Head

  BLOG POST IN THE TIMES OF ISRAEL | November 30, 2017   Despite the 22,000 people who signed a petition to stop Linda Sarsour’s talk on anti-Semitism at The New School, the so-called [...]

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