Family Parsha Parshat Vayishlach: Acting on Impulse

It’s important to learn how to keep our cool even when things get hot. Acting rashly or impulsively without thinking things through can lead us to make mistakes we’ll later regret. In this week’s Torah portion, Jacob chastises two of his sons for acting rashly and putting the family into unnecessary …

Family Parsha Parshat Ki Tisa: Jumping to Conclusions

In this week’s Torah portion, we learn the damage caused by jumping to hasty conclusions. The Jewish people were riding high. God had taken them out of the slavery of Egypt, and had given them the most precious gift imaginable, the Torah, on Mount Sinai amidst great miracles.

Parshat Bo: Our Secret Weatherman –

Rabbi Yechezkel Freundlich is the Associate Rabbi at Congregation Beth Jacob in Atlanta, Georgia. Ordained at Baltimore’s Ner Israel Rabbinical College, he holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Maryland, and a Master of Science Degree in Professional Counseling from Georgia State University.

Family Parsha Parshat Shmot: You Have the Right … Not to …

If somebody tells us to do something we think is wrong to do, we don’t have to do it. In this week’s Torah portion (Ex. 1:17), the powerful king Pharaoh ordered two Jewish nurses, Shifra and Puah, to harm Jewish babies secretly when they were born. But these brave women didn’t listen and wouldn’t do …

Family Parsha Parshat Vayeshev: False Accusations

It is inevitable that there will be misunderstandings in life. For instance, there may be times that we are wrongly accused of doing something that we didn’t. There may be times when we discover that we have unjustly accused others. At times like these we may become defensive and feel like saying …

Parasha-Page for Parashat Vayikra, 5756 by Mordecai Kornfeld

At the beginning of the book of Vayikra, Hashem calls Moshe, telling him to enter the Ohel Moed for the first time. According to the Mesorah [= traditional rendering of the Scriptures] some letters of the Torah are written larger or smaller than others (see Parasha-Page, Shemini 5755, section IV).

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– 2 – Putnam. In a famous article, ‘Bowling Alone’ and subsequent book of the same title,[5] he drew attention to the sharp loss of social capital in modern times.