Genesis
The Magical City in Israel Where No One Dies

The Magical City in Israel Where No One Dies

By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz The Biblical account of Jacob’s first encounter with God is an amazing story. He dreams of a ladder connecting heaven and earth, with angels ascending and descending the ladder. Understandably shaken, Jacob...

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The “Key” to Jacob’s Marriage with Rachel

The “Key” to Jacob’s Marriage with Rachel

By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz I once went to a distant town and needed to stay at a hotel. I found one possible location and entered. I approached the front desk and asked the clerk, “How much does it cost to stay here for the night.” He...

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Finding Your Place

Finding Your Place

I was complaining to a friend that I had never traveled and never seen the amazing sites around the world. He suggested a road trip to Las Vegas. ‘“I work hard for my money and hate gambling,” I said. “Not for the gambling,” he responded....

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A Most Unusual Circumcision Ceremony

A Most Unusual Circumcision Ceremony

By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz I recently had to consult with a rabbi about a matter in Jewish law. I am not an incredible scholar with an encyclopedic knowledge of Jewish law, but like most Torah-observant Jews I have a routine that I trust....

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Digging Our Own Wells

Digging Our Own Wells

By Rabbi Elie Mischel Abraham was the man who brought monotheism to the world.  He and Sarah taught thousands upon thousands of their fellow men and women about God.  Their tent was always open for those in need.  And he passed the most...

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Machpelah: More Than Just a Cave

Machpelah: More Than Just a Cave

By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz This coming Saturday Jews will read the Torah portion known as Chayei Sarah (The Life of Sarah). The portion begins with the death of Sarah, the matriarch, and describes Abraham’s purchase of the Machpelah Cave...

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Sarah: As Beautiful as… a Seven Year Old??

Sarah: As Beautiful as… a Seven Year Old??

By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz You can all wish me a Happy Birthday. Last week I celebrated 62 complete revolutions around the sun. Yes, I am getting old, which is much better than the alternative. I decided to take a 62-kilometer bicycle ride...

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A Relationship Under Pressure

A Relationship Under Pressure

By Rabbi Elie Mischel As we read about the awe-inspiring and history-altering moments of Abraham and Sarah’s life, there is another, parallel story that we read about in the Bible – the story of their relationship.  It’s a more subtle...

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Be Blessed, Holy Brother

Be Blessed, Holy Brother

By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, known as the “Singing Rabbi”, was a rabbi and composer. Most of the popular tunes sung in synagogues today were composed by him. He also revitalized the study of Hassidut. Active in the...

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