What is Your Gut Reaction?

How do you react when you hear bad news involving other people? Do you feel sorry for them and what they are experiencing? Do you try to help them in some way? Do you pray for them? Our first gut reaction is who we truly are.

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The Four Mitzvot of Purim

There are four mitzvot on Purim that we must follow: Mikra Megillah, Seudat Purim, Mishloach Manot, and the most important one, but unfortunately, also the most forgotten one, Matanot La'evyonim.

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Trust in God and Not in People in Power Says King David in Psalm 146

After directing us to give passionate and life-long praise to God (vv. 1, 2), Psalm 146 instructs, "Do not put your trust in princes" (v. 3). This is a clear command, followed by some powerful rationale. So while we pray for our elected officials every shabbat and seek to live respectful, law-abiding honorable lives of kiddush Hashem, we must embrace the truth that people are not the object of our hope. Here are the reasons:

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Trust in God

Most of us make much effort and planning in mapping out our material success, taking the right courses at the right school, going to counseling etc. Whereas, in our spiritual endeavors we don’t plan ahead. Most people don’t have a spiritual plan.

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Meaningful Judaism Does Exist

The vast majority of Jewish youth have been brought up estranged from a vibrant, spiritual Judaism. In North America, they have been brought up to view Judaism as a bagels and lox religion. Judaism at best, is viewed as a ‘social’ phenomenon, with quaint customs, a different diet, and a lot of fund raising. At worst it is viewed as being totally incomprehensible, out of touch with the realities of modern day existence

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