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The Dilemma of Faith

The Dilemma of Faith

By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz When I sit down at my Shabbat dinner table and I am blessed to have my four children around me, something strange happens. I look at them but I don’t see them. I look at my 20-year-old daughter and see one...

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The Story of Faith: Shaken, Renewed and Transformed

The Story of Faith: Shaken, Renewed and Transformed

By Rabbi Avraham Norin David does not give any indication as to when he composed Psalm 31. Nonetheless, it seems clear that he wrote it while running from an enemy. The commentators assume that it was written as David was fleeing from...

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Respond to Suffering Like King David

Respond to Suffering Like King David

By Rabbi Avi Baumol Throughout our lives, either for reasons we create, or for reasons unbeknownst to us, we experience tragedies, feel pain and suffer.  Why?   This Jobian question disturbs us throughout our period of distress, and...

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Noah’s Lesson of Faith

Noah’s Lesson of Faith

By Rafi Weinstein The story of Noah and the ark is a well-known and beloved Bible story. But one verse stands out as puzzling. After Noah builds the ark as God had commanded him, God instructs him to enter the ark with his family. When...

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Sukkah of Faith

Sukkah of Faith

By Chaim Barzel The Biblical commandment to build and sit in a sukkah (temporary dwelling) during the festival of Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) is very beloved by the People of Israel. I recently read a story about a Jewish family in...

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King David’s Lesson in Faith

King David’s Lesson in Faith

By Chaim Barzel The late Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, former Chief Rabbi of the British Commonwealth, told the following story: “It happened in one synagogue in London that the chazzan (cantor) on Shemini Atzeret (Eight Day of Assembly)...

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