DEDICATED IN LOVING MEMORY OF ISAAC GAMEL ז''ל BY HIS FAMILY

Core Goodness & Boundless Potential

Rosh Hashana 5778- Evening תקעו בחדש שופר בכסה ליום חגינו כי חק לישראל הוא משפט לאלקי יעקב Sound the Shofar at the moon’s renewal, at the appointed time for our festive day, for it is a decree for Israel, judgment day for the G-d of Yaakov. We will recite this verse...

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Succos- Everyone Can Be Here

When Hillel the Elder would celebrate the Simchas Bais HaShoeiva, he would say: 'If I am here, everyone is here; if I am not here, who is here?  (TB Succah 53a) This apparently egotistical statement would be surprising coming from anyone's mouth; it is astounding to...

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Succos- Living in the Clouds

The Yom Tov of Succos recalls the period that Klal Yisrael lived in the desert, surrounded by the clouds of Hashem's presence.  Our existence then was truly inverted.  Our bread came from the Heavens, while our water came from the rock, from the earth.  The goal of...

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Continuing to Make Things Better

The Torah presents us with apparently contradictory visions of the Jewish soldier. In considering this contradiction, we can find essential guidance for our own pursuit of greatness. On the one hand, we are taught of the spiritual vulnerability of the Jewish soldier,...

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Making Things Better

Introducing the Yamim Noraim Theme for 5778 This week's eclipse can help us set the theme for the High Holiday season ahead. The Talmud (TB Succah 29a) attributes the incidence of a solar eclipse to a few possible causes, each of them failures of humankind. This poses...

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Drinking on Purim

Dear Friends: I hope this letter finds you all well and looking forward to the beautiful Yom Tov of Purim.  I address this letter to all of you, and especially to parents of teenagers. One of the unusual aspects of Purim is the celebration of the day through drinking...

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