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Jonah: What a Storm Can Teach You About Repentance

Jonah: What a Storm Can Teach You About Repentance

By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement), the day we spend fasting and praying for repentance, is always rough for me. Fasting means no coffee. Last year, I dragged myself out of bed and prepared myself to go to synagogue....

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Is Fallible Man the Best Beneficiary of the Torah?

Is Fallible Man the Best Beneficiary of the Torah?

By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz My teenage son came to me on the Sabbath with a real dilemma: “Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) is impossible,” he said. I understood him and, to be honest, a large part of his dilemma came from listening to me. Yom...

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Yes You Can!

Yes You Can!

By Shira Schechter Rabbi Shmelke of Nikolsburg (1726-1778), an early Hasidic master and kabbalist in Poland, once told the following story (as recorded in Bar Mitzvah & Tefillin Secrets: The Mysteries Revealed by Rabbi Dovid Meisels):...

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Judaism’s Secret for Time Travel

Judaism’s Secret for Time Travel

As a child, I was fascinated by science fiction.  I remember sitting in front of a black and white television set when I was eight years old as I watched Neil Armstrong take his first “small step” onto the moon. I always knew that this...

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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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The Month of Return

The Month of Return

By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz Anticipation and preparation are two words I have always had difficulty with. In Yeshiva (Jewish school for Torah learning), my rabbi called me "do-ish." I have a tendency to jump right in and figure things out...

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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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Are We Really Required to Give an Eye for an Eye?

Are We Really Required to Give an Eye for an Eye?

Leviticus seems to tell the Children of Israel that when someone hurts his fellow he should be punished in kind. Understood literally, the verses seem to say that we must implement reciprocal justice; paying another back measure for...

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