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

Never Stop Speaking

Yom Kippur 5778 – Yizkor Six weeks ago, I traveled to Atlanta to give a talk commemorating the yahrzeit of an old friend who passed away very suddenly, in his 50’s, a man named Moishe Esral.  What was most striking about the experience was the clarity I received from...

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The Beauty of Rav Yochanan

Yom Kippur 5778, Neilah The Talmud (TB Berachos 5b) tells a story about how during Rabbi Eliezer’s final illness Rav Yochanan came to visit him.  Rav Yochanan was a strikingly beautiful person, who literally lit up the room.  But in the light, Rav Yochanan saw that...

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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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