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Unless otherwise noted, "This week's Parsha" comprises articles taken from contributors to the website.  We show the original author's name here, so that proper attribution is given.  For the sake of brevity, footnotes cited in the original author's writings are omitted from this website.  If you need to see the citations, please refer to the original articles on the website.

All About Spirituality PDF Print E-mail
Written by Shimon Posner   
Monday, 14 April 2014 11:36

I'm very rich. That I never hear.

I'm very humble. That I never hear.

I'm very spiritual. Ah, at that I cringe very often.

Why don't they realize spirituality is humility?

Truth is, when they say "spiritual" they mean abstract: a quest for the unnoticed, the unstated, the uncommon.

But spirituality, in that definition, is not something inherently good, worthy or desirable.

Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak (known in Yiddish as the Freidiker Rebbe) was unimpressed by yeshiva bochurim, the boys in yeshiva, who opened the refrigerator just to see what was inside.

The Scapegoat PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks   
Monday, 07 April 2014 00:00

The strangest element of the service on Yom Kippur, set out in Acharei Mot, was the ritual of the two goats, one offered as a sacrifice, the other sent away into the desert "to Azazel." They were brought before the High Priest, to all intents and purposes indistinguishable from one another: they were chosen to be as similar as possible to one another in size and appearance. Lots were drawn, one bearing the words "To the L‑rd," the other, "To Azazel." The one on which the lot "To the L‑rd" fell was offered as a sacrifice. Over the other the High Priest confessed the sins of the nation and it was then taken away into the desert hills outside Jerusalem where it plunged to its death. Tradition tells us that a red thread would be attached to its horns, half of which was removed before the animal was sent away. If the rite had been effective, the red thread would turn to white.

Four Reasons Why You Should Gossip PDF Print E-mail
Written by Levi Avtzon   
Monday, 31 March 2014 00:00
Reason #1:

The media and tabloids have taught us that it is our patriotic duty, enshrined in the "freedom of speech" clause of our Constitution, to shine a bright light on our neighbor's dirty laundry. No, there is no such thing as privacy; your life is my life, and your mistake is my appetizer. Of course, I must know why she got divorced from her third marriage, plus all the details on the custodial war between them regarding the two-year-old psycho in the middle.

In short: We spend most of our day learning from the media. And they are awesome teachers.
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