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The Tragedy of Moses (Parashat V'etchanan)

Moses' story is tragic, especially because he never learns exactly why he can't enter the Promised Land. His struggle teaches us something important about how we communicate with others and the power of thoughtful and ongoing rebuke.

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The Tragedy of Moses (Parashat V'etchanan)
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The Error of Judging (Parashat D'varim)

This week's Torah portion speaks about the makings of great leaders and judges. They should be wise, understanding, known, able, God-fearing, truthful, and hate unjust gains. But can anyone live up to its image? Can anyone be all of these? Perhaps that's the point.

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The Error of Judging (Parashat D'varim)
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The Myth of the "Self-Made Man" (Parashat Matot-Maasei)

Much of American history and folklore is centered around the idea of the "self-made man." We believe that if we only try hard enough, we can succeed. Individually, we can pull ourselves up by our bootstraps and make something of ourselves. But our tradition understands this idea is myth. We need others and our gratitude should be outward focused

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The Myth of the "Self-Made Man" (Parashat Matot-Maasei)
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The Trembling Wall (Parashat Vayikra)

Why do we spend so much time caring about a ruined wall? A thought about the Kotel

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The Trembling Wall (Parashat Vayikra)
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A Nuanced Redemption (Parashat Chayei Sarah)

What does Isaac's pain after losing Sarah teach us about the way we mourn and find redemption after a loss?

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A Nuanced Redemption (Parashat Chayei Sarah)
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It's Your Problem Too (Parashat Lech Lecha)

Our tradition tells us to tolerate the faults of our hosts, until they cross the line...

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It's Your Problem Too (Parashat Lech Lecha)
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Sweat the Small Stuff (Parashat Ki Teitzei)

Sometimes doing the littelest things in life can actually be the hardest

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Sweat the Small Stuff (Parashat Ki Teitzei)
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Can We Be Too Clever? (Parashat Shoftim)

Can we outsmart our own religion? You bet! But it comes at a cost.

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Can We Be Too Clever? (Parashat Shoftim)
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Reading Reality (Parashat Balak)

Why do we often seek to find the worst in people just to confirm out biases?

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Reading Reality (Parashat Balak)
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The Real Beneficiaries of Our Rituals (Parashat Beha'alotecha)

Though it may seem like we are performing rituals for God, our Rabbi had other ideas...

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The Real Beneficiaries of Our Rituals (Parashat Beha'alotecha)
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Redefining Masculinity (Parashat Naso)

Much of Jewish history is a conversation about what it means to be a "man." The Rabbis had some surprising things to say about it.

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Redefining Masculinity (Parashat Naso)