We recite Kaddish for our dearly departed loved ones; yet, the Kaddish liturgy says nothing about the dead. What is the connection?
This past year we witnessed the worst anti-Semitic attack in American history. Besides tightening security, what do we have to do to ensure our survival?
Though Israeli’s enemies have failed to destroy the Jewish state on the battle field they have not given up. They now use political methods in an attempt to reach their goal. We must not stand by silently as Israel remains under siege.
It’s been said that the world’s oldest disease is anti-Semitism. But there is something new about this old disease. In fact, this disease had already mutated three times, and we are now suffering through its fourth mutation. How should we respond?
Remember being nervous about having to take a test? But now imagine that the teacher distributed a study guide with the questions that will be on the test. You’d undoubtedly feel more confident about your chances. Well the teacher has already distributed the questions that you will be tested on, when you take your final, final exam, the admissions test to qualify for Olam Haba (the World to Come). Start preparing for your final, final exam now.
Is observing the law enough or do we need to do more in order to do Teshuvah (repentance)?
In reaction to the Israeli government’s announcement that it is suspending plans to create a mixed prayer area at the Western Wall diaspora Jews have announced that they need to rethink their relationship with the Jewish State. Is this the correct reaction?
Though we think of the “Good Old Days” as a period belonging to the past, Judaism teaches us that we have the ability to create “New Good Old Days” in the future.
Superheroes are selfless, using all of their energies to help others. We mere mortals are inheritably self-centered by nature. How can we overcome human nature and evolve into superheroes?
The services are long and the liturgy is repetitive. Though it is easy to wind up mumbling through our prayers we can easily find ways to improve our prayers which in turn will help us to improve ourselves and our relationships with others.
Rabbi Steven Saks
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