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Honouring our Past, Supporting our Future

I sat at my desk last week on Yom Hashoah, reflecting on the 6,000,000 souls murdered and on the countless survivors, some of whom are now my friends and all of whom are my heroes. Not only have they lived through unspeakable times, but they continue to live with those memories. I was reminded that […]

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Chanukah: Why Jewish Institutions are NOT Important?!

There is something so subtle, yet powerfully unique about Chanukah that really brings home the goal of every Jewish institution.  In fact, this power was one of the reasons behind the name choice of, “The House.”  Do you know what it is?  I’ll give you a hint: strong Jewish institutions do NOT ensure a strong Jewish future. […]

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Chag Sukkot Sameach

Sukkot – The journey is what is important… Sukkot is one of the 3 main Jewish holidays, which, along with Pesach and Shavuot are called the “Shalosh Regalim”. Pesach, as we know, celebrates God’s miraculous liberation of our ancestors from Egypt after their having been enslaved for over 200 years. Shavuot commemorates the day that […]

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A Short Pre Yom Kipper Inspirational Thought

As we  all prepare for Yom Kippur, getting ready for the fast – I just wanted to share a quick story that will hopefully stay with you, to not only make the fast easier, but inspire you to take advantage of the opportunity that the day affords! A close disciple, amidst a group of disciples, […]

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Shana Tova Wishes

I often find that while some days might go by slowly (VERY slowly – especially when you have bedtime for 8 kids), the years ALWAYS seem to race along. Is that just me, or is your head nodding as well? As such, it is hard to believe that Rosh Hashanah is in just a few […]

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Why Do We Mourn During The Three Weeks?

On Tuesday, July 15th, we begin the “Three Weeks,” where we mourn the destruction of the first and second Temples in Jerusalem, and the subsequent exile of the Jewish People from the Land of Israel. This mourning period begins with the Fast of the 17th of Tammuz and concludes with the Fast of Tisha B’av […]

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Chag Shavuot Sameach

On Shavuot, we commemorate the anniversary of the day God gave the Torah to the Jewish People at Mount Sinai. One of the most dramatic elements of the Sinai experience was when Moshe came down the mountain, for the first time, only to witness his people worshiping a golden calf. Moshe’s immediate reaction was the […]

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