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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 […]