You want to be brainwashed!
Tazria-Metzora 5781

If you live near a large metropolitan area, you’ve probably seen this phenomenon. It probably scratched your brain for a few seconds, but you had no explanation for it, and then you got distracted by the car swerving ahead of…

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Tazriah – Metzorah 5781

Tazriah - Metzorah תשפא This week’s Torah portions are replete with references to the concepts of טומאה  - tumah and טהרה  – tahara, what we call “spiritually unclean and spiritually clean.” These concepts have no parallel in the secular world,…

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Is there a Social Distancing Crisis?
Tazria Metzora 5780

We are living through paradoxical times. On the one hand, Baruch Hashem, we have plenty. Supermarkets are stocked with food, our dinner table still has a collage of colors, Amazon is still dropping off packages almost daily. Our homes are…

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My Grandmother and Goering
Parshat Metzora 5779

My grandmother was one of the most fascinating people I ever met. Me'me, as we called her, fought in the French resistance, ran a DP camp in post-war Europe, was a professor in Columbia University and traveled the world extensively.…

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Parshat Metzora 5779

We’re Losing This Battle Right Now…Tazria Metzora 5777

When I was twelve years old, there was nothing I enjoyed more than going to the Shuk Machane Yehuda. The massive indoor/outdoor market in Jerusalem was an assault of sights, sounds, and smells coming from the garbled masses of people…

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