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The Purpose of My Soul

The Purpose of My Soul

Noach was a remarkable individual, a wunderkind from the outset. His arrival in the world was announced as a transformative event in history. The inability of the earth to produce anything other than קוץ ודרדר, thistles and thorns as a result of the sin of Adam and...

Caught up in a Wave

Caught up in a Wave

In 1993 I traveled from Australia to Hong Kong. I was invited by the Hong Kong community to lead a Shabbaton. A wonderful Sephardic Jew by the name of David Darvish picked me up at the airport. As we drove from the airport through one of the most glamorous cities in...

Raising Cain

Raising Cain

The first few chapters of the Torah tell us the story of the family of man. It all started, of course, with Adam and Eve. Cain and Abel were born; Cain killed Abel; Cain had a family and Abel had no descendants. Adam and Eve continued their process of procreation and...

After The Flood

After The Flood

There have never been as many institutions of Torah as there are today. Schools that were started then have record attendance. For those that took advantage of the time and rebuilt Yiddishkeit, Yiddishkeit was built. For those who put their energies into other movements and projects, they too succeeded. In under fifty years, as in Noah’s vineyard, a miracle has occurred.

Noah and Abraham

Noah and Abraham

Abraham saved the world Noah saved himself. Although Noah was a righteous man and did whatever G-d told him to do, Noah’s silence was deafening. As far as we can know, all the years of Noah he didn’t say a word! G-d told him to build a boat – he built a boat. G-d told...

Saving the World!

Saving the World!

It didn't even occur to Noach to pray! Until Abraham no one even thought of the idea. Last week I decided that I wanted to pray at the burial place of Rebbe Yehudah HaNasi. Rebbe Yehudah was the author of the Mishna and one of the greatest and bravest rabbinic leaders...

Lets Use Our Heads

Lets Use Our Heads

When the Torah describes the crimes of the generation of the flood it says that they were guilty of idol worship, promiscuity, murder, and 'chamas'. Rashi translates chamas as robbery. It was this crime that ultimately singled this generation beyond all the previous...