repentance
Forget Your Past – For Now

Forget Your Past – For Now

By Elie Mischel Fifteen years ago, when I was working as a corporate attorney in New Jersey, I joined a volunteer program in which lawyers helped Holocaust survivors fill out incredibly long and detailed applications for Holocaust...

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How to Properly Repent

How to Properly Repent

By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz Being a father has taught me more about religion than any rabbi ever has. One time, I took my three-year-old boy to the park. He was playing with a friend when the other boy pushed him, toppling him into the...

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Once a Brother, Always a Brother

Once a Brother, Always a Brother

By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz We raised our kids with a strict ‘No hitting’ rule. So I was shocked when I walked into the playroom and found my two sons, ages ten and eleven, hitting each other. To be more precise, the older boy was leaning...

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Back from the Dead? The Incredible Sons of Korah

Back from the Dead? The Incredible Sons of Korah

“And the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them up with their households, all Korah's people and all their possessions.” (Numbers 16:32) That was the tragic price that Korah and his group of comrades had to pay for attempting to...

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When “I’m Sorry” Just Isn’t Good Enough

When “I’m Sorry” Just Isn’t Good Enough

We've all done it; despite all of our good intentions, we make a bad mistake and we hurt someone we love. Full of regret, we apologize. But sometimes, apologies aren’t enough. When a borrowed car is returned with a bent fender, a trip to...

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How the Rewards of Sin Bring Us Closer to God

How the Rewards of Sin Bring Us Closer to God

Sin is horrible. It drives us away from God, pushing us into a reality that seems devoid of life, love, and hope. This state of despair envelopes the most precious aspects of our lives. Marriage, the source of our greatest joy, can become...

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God’s Thirteen Attributes of Mercy

God’s Thirteen Attributes of Mercy

After the Children of Israel sinned with the Golden Calf, Moses ascended Mount Sinai and pleaded with God to forgive them. His pleas were successful so Moses considered it an auspicious time to ask God for a way to ensure forgiveness for...

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What happened to the Temple Menorah?

What happened to the Temple Menorah?

The Arch of Titus, constructed in 81 CE by Emperor Domitian to commemorate the victory over the Jewish rebellion in Judaea, stands on the Via Sacra in Rome to this day, bearing witness to the fact that the Romans carried away the golden...

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