Korach: A Tragic Figure

After the unsuccessful rebellion of Korach and his followers against Moses and Aaron, the Torah tells us that at God’s request the fire-pans used by the rebels to bring incense offerings were hammered out into thin sheets in order to be used as a covering for the alter in the holy sanctuary. In other words, despite their sin and subsequent punishment, symbolically they still received a unique position in God’s sanctuary. Continue reading

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Book Review for “The New Entrepreneurz”

Who are the new Entrepreneurz? They are the game changers who can be found playing different games across the spectrum. They are the business owners, the managers, the lawyers, the moms and dads, the lovers, the educators, the artists, and the healers.

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Book Review for “God and Politics in Esther”

Ever since the inclusion of the book of Esther in the biblical canon two thousand years ago, there have been those who have asked what place such a work can have in the Bible at all. Their question must be well taken, for at first glance Esther appears to be something very different from what we usually consider to be “biblical.” Continue reading

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The Arab-Israeli Conflict: Time to Move On

As a result of the creation of the State of Israel in 1948 roughly 800,000 Jews were expelled from various Arab countries in which they had been living for generations. Consequently they were forced, like millions of other refugees throughout the 20th century, to resettle elsewhere. Although certainly not an easy task, eventually both the initial refugees and their descendants were able to let go of the past and move on with their lives. Continue reading

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The Jewish “Middle Way” & World Events

The Jewish approach to life is based upon the “middle way”. It is characterized by a constant attempt to strike a balance between two seemingly opposing forces – those of giving and those of restricting the giving – both of which are needed in the proper amount and time. This dialectic manifests itself in numerous ways, be it on an individual level or on a collective and national level. Continue reading

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