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Torah Tuesdays: What’s the purpose of life?

Depending on where I’ve been in my journey, this question has elicited a wide variety of answers. Shortly after I didn’t get into any of my grad school choices (boy, was that fun), this question led to much reading of Existential works and listening to the Smiths.  It was a crisis of being, for sure. … Continue reading Torah Tuesdays: What’s the purpose of life?

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Torah Tuesdays: Hanging in the Balance

Well, here we are in the Aseres Yemei Teshuvah, the ten days in between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur.  In these days our judgments are hanging in the balance, and we are praying for the best.  It’s common for people to  step up their mitzvah observance in order to merit a favorable judgment.  Some people… Continue reading Torah Tuesdays: Hanging in the Balance

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Torah Tuesdays: Rosh HaShanah davening with small children afoot

I recently started davening  from a siddur again after a long stretch of it not being feasible.  Though I definitely have had finer moments with my concentration level, I’m happy to at least do what I can. Weekday Shemoneh Esrei?  No problemo.  Thank G-d, my kids are able to occupy themselves while I daven.  … Continue reading Torah Tuesdays: Rosh HaShanah davening with small children afoot

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Torah Tuedays: Random Acts of Kindness

If you haven’t checked out my Rosh Hashana Card Giveaway, you can go here and enter to win! Today’s post is about doing nice things for other people, sometimes for people we don’t know and may never meet.  The concept of doing random acts of kindness is one of my faves.  One thing I like… Continue reading Torah Tuedays: Random Acts of Kindness

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Torah Tuesdays: The Ten Commandments

I thought it might be nice to do a Judaism 101 post, you know, a back-to-the-basics kind of thing. The Ten Commandments are a pretty basic part of Jewish belief.  After all, whatever I’m posting on these Torah Tuesdays posts can be linked back to these commandments in some way.   Indeed, we learn that… Continue reading Torah Tuesdays: The Ten Commandments

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Torah Tuesdays: A Month of Introspection

I love it when Torah Tuesdays coincides with Rosh Chodesh!  What a treat! Today is Rosh Chodesh Elul.  Elul is the last month of the Jewish year.  It is the month preceding the high holidays (Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur).  It is a month of spiritual accounting and preparation for the upcoming holidays. You may… Continue reading Torah Tuesdays: A Month of Introspection

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Torah Tuesdays: Reposting with Care

Today’s Torah Tuesdays (say that one three time fast) is coming to you on the late side, as I just got home from a shiur given by Rabbi Yaakov Marcus of Neve (awesome!!!), who is currently in town. I’ve posted before about how what we say and how we behave affects people.  But how about… Continue reading Torah Tuesdays: Reposting with Care

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Torah Tuesdays: Making the bride and groom happy

If you’ve never been to an Orthodox wedding, you should really get to one.  I mean it.  They are a mix of seriousness (the ceremony) and crazy-funness (the reception).  Picture rabbis in dark coats and long beards, and then picture those same rabbis dancing with their arms in the air, juggling, doing handstands, showing off… Continue reading Torah Tuesdays: Making the bride and groom happy

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Torah Tuesdays: Stop the baseless hatred

Yes, I know it’s Monday, but I wanted to get this idea out into the interweb before the fast starts tonight. Last week I talked about one way to help hasten the redemption.  To sum up, because lashon hara led to the institution of Tisha B’Av, it is also preventing the redemption.  So don’t speak… Continue reading Torah Tuesdays: Stop the baseless hatred

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Torah Tuesdays: Speaking well of others

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, the three weeks, and within them, the nine days, are some of the saddest days on the Jewish calendar.  Many of the calamities that have befallen the Jewish people (and oh, have there been a lot of those) originated from events that occurred during this time period.  These sad… Continue reading Torah Tuesdays: Speaking well of others