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Clint Eastwood’s Invisible Seat for Rosh Hashana

To me it was clear that Clint Eastwood was unprepared to give a speech at the Republican National Convention. Yet his idea of the invisible Obama chair was absolutely brilliant!  I actually did prepare my sermon for Rosh Hashana and I decided to steal Clint’s idea!  So in a way I feel like he was […]

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Is Mindful Eating Jewish?

The concept has roots in Buddhist teachings. Just as there are forms of meditation that involve sitting, breathing, standing and walking, many Buddhist teachers encourage their students to meditate with food, expanding consciousness by paying close attention to the sensation and purpose of each morsel. In one common exercise, a student is given three raisins, […]

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The Purpose of Sitting Shiva

Shiva is the Jewish period of mourning observed the first week after the funeral of a parent, spouse, sibling, or child. From the time of death until the conclusion of the funeral, the primary focus and concern is on the care of the deceased and the burial preparations. Once shiva begins, the focus shifts to […]

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Jewish Wisdom on After-Life

Jewish Wisdom on After-Life

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. (Psalm 23:4) One of the most terrifying and appalling thing that could happen to us and our love ones is death. Just thinking about it […]

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Twerski on Chumash

by Rabbi Dr. Abraham J. Twerski Written with warmth and wisdom, this volume of inspiring and insightful comments on the weekly Torah reading is both deeply satisfying and spiritually uplifting. And it’s no wonder renowned author Rabbi Abraham J. Twerski, M.D. poured into this work the riches of his Chassidic heritage combined with insights derived […]

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Rabbi Riskin’s Pesach Haggadah in Hebrew

The purpose of Rabbi Riskin’s Hebrew Haggadah is not to provide a running commentary of the Hebrew text. Nor does it dwell upon the historic and halachic aspects of the Seder ritual. }What makes this Haggadah unique is that Rabbi Riskin uses the Haggadah as a source for discussing and elaborating upon a score of […]

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Twerski on Chumash

Publisher: Artscroll Written with warmth and wisdom, this volume of inspiring and insightful comments on the weekly Torah reading is both deeply satisfying and spiritually uplifting. And it’s no wonder renowned author Rabbi Abraham J. Twerski, M.D. poured into this work the riches of his Chassidic heritage combined with insights derived from his lifetime of […]

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