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This Week at Beit Midrash Shaarei Uziel…

What is the larger purpose of a rabbi in society? Are rabbis only concerned with the kashrut of pots and pans, or does the kashrut of business practices also matter? Must a rabbi tend to a broken heart and soul as much as he tends to a broken Eruv before Shabbat? Is...

Lest We Sit By Silently…

“Every day not far from here, as we sit here, men, women and children are murdered in Syria, and particularly in Aleppo,” said Israel’s Sephardic Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef. “Millions of refugees are homeless, hundreds of thousands of others are starved, under siege....

A Night – and a Year – of Blessings

The beginning of the New Year is an opportunity to wipe the slate clean and start again. Aware of life’s complexities and that no year is ever going to be perfect, Jewish tradition offers us the opportunity to begin anew, with the hope that any negativity from our...

Torah portion: Between the dead and the living

Parashat Korach (Numbers 16:1–18:32) It wasn’t a pretty scene. Rebellion and chaos permeated the Israelite camp. Korach — the cousin of Moses and Aaron — rallied 250 agitators in an attempted coup d’état against the leadership of Moses and Aaron. The fate of the...

War and Peace

What does it mean to actually go to war and confront an evil enemy? You never really understand that until it gets up close and personal. I learned that part of the parasha the next morning, June 6 – the first formal day of the Lebanon War.