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The Purpose of Israel (Parshat Mattot)

The Purpose of Israel (Parshat Mattot) By Hanna Perlberger “Purpose” and “Vision”. These are two distinct concepts, yet they are often confused. To live a life of purpose, you have to know what your purpose is, what your mission statement is. Your purpose is your core foundation, your reason for being, why you were created.

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Pinchas Revisited: The Two Faces of Peace

Monday night, my 16 year-old daughter embarked on a 5-week program to Israel, a trip that we have planned for, anticipated and envisioned since her Bat Mitzvah. Complying with the “1 Piece Of Luggage Weighing 50 lbs. Rule”, we prioritized, took things out and added them back in, trying to get the “right”.

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Finding Meaning & Mystery: Parshat Chukat

Forty-two is the number of stops we had during our 40 years in the desert, some stops lasting a few days, and some for years. It is said that each of us also has 42 stops in the journey of our own lives. After my Bat Mitzvah, and obligatory party feted by champagne and my father’s […]

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The Power of Positive Questions

  This week’s Torah portion, Korach, is about one of the most important attempted power-grabs in Jewish history. In the story line, the honors and appointments have long been doled out to Moses and to his brother Aaron, the High Priest. Korach, their cousin, was left out of this honor society and was resentful. However, Moses was untouchable as a […]

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Shavuot: It’s all in the relationship

    The man’s voice on the phone was exacerbated and challenging. “So let me understand something. If I wash my hands and I do my left hand first, or I do it backwards, I’m going to hell?” The man was testing whether I thought there was any external reality to the prescribed order of […]

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3 Things That Happened In Israel This Week

Though Israel is a small country, it is very eventful. We're here to help you catch up and know the top 3 events that took place in Israel this week. Pope Francis Tours the Holy Land, Israel This week kicked off with Pope Francis arriving to Israel for a historic two-day tour. He toured Holy Places, such […]

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Living in the Paradox: BaMidbar

    This week’s Torah portion Bamidbar, which means “in the wilderness” or “in the desert” is always read before the holiday of Shavuot, which is when we received the Torah on Mount Sinai. The classic commentary on this is that the best state in which to receive Torah is when we make ourselves into […]

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The Whisper of Love – Bechukotai

    Warnings come in a variety of sizes and intensities.  Some warnings are meant to be taken seriously, like the skull and cross bones on lethal poisonous substances, or the screaming red zigzag on an electrified fence. They are meant to get your attention, because the consequences are sudden and severe.  Some warnings are […]