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The Fourth of July and Tisha B’Av

weissteaches Intermediate said on 9/20/2010

Over the past several years, I have informed my American side with my learning of Torah. This summer reminds me that it is also possible to ...

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What Do You Have to Do to Get a Parsha Named After You?

weissteaches Intermediate said on 9/20/2010

While we encouraged people to “sponsor” a parasha when we wrote our school’s new Sefer Torah, did you ever wonder how it was that certain pa...

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Removing Blinders

weissteaches Intermediate said on 9/20/2010

Throughout my life I have been taught – Lifnei iver lo titten michshol, in front of a blind person, do not put a stumbling block (Lev. 19:14...

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Water: It’s For Life

weissteaches Intermediate said on 9/20/2010

There are some days when the synchronicity between isolated events cannot be ignored. This week, Rabbi Rogozen and I spent two days in New J...

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There’s No Place Like Home

weissteaches Intermediate said on 9/20/2010

We are taught in this week’s parsha, Shlach, about the law of wearing tzitzit (fringes) on the corners of our garments. This law follows th...

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The Power of Saying “I Don’t Know”

weissteaches Intermediate said on 9/20/2010

It was not long after my daughter Hadar began to ask questions about every day things that she brought me to my existential knees in the fol...

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Everybody Counts

weissteaches Intermediate said on 9/20/2010

I have been told that my great grandmother never told anybody the exact number of grandchildren she had. When asked how many she had, she wo...

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Behar-BeChukotai – Choosing Our Path to the Other Side of the Mountain

weissteaches Intermediate said on 9/20/2010

Over the course of the next two weeks we will read three parshiyot (portions) from the Torah (this week is a double Parsha). Each of the th...

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Earthy Torah

weissteaches Intermediate said on 9/20/2010

If you are reading this, you probably do not, have not and will not live on a farm. You have not harvested crops, slaughtered animals or gro...

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Paying Attention

weissteaches Intermediate said on 9/20/2010

This week we read a double-parsha from the book of Vayikra (Leviticus). The four chapters contain detailed instructions for dealing with var...

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Does God care about what we eat?

weissteaches Intermediate said on 9/20/2010

Fresh from my post-Pesach hametz buzz of bagels, pizza and tuna melts, I opened up this week’s Torah portion, Shmini, and found myself face ...

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The Final Four of Judaism

weissteaches Intermediate said on 9/20/2010

Last week I was bombarded with the March questions – Have you filled out your bracket? Who do you have in the Final Four? Who’s going to...

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A Cool New Gadget for Old Purposes

weissteaches Intermediate said on 9/20/2010

I love gadgets. I love knowing how all of the features of a gadget work. I actually read the manual for my cell phone. I would read computer...

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A Special Kind of Wisdom

weissteaches Intermediate said on 8/30/2010

Growing up, I found the Torah portions that deal with the descriptions and building of the Mishkan to be excruciatingly dull. Do I really ne...

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Remark

weissteaches Intermediate said on 8/30/2010

It was once said that the further the Israelites moved away from Egypt, the bigger the miracles they needed to believe in God. Imagine, a gr...

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Lessons from Curling

weissteaches Intermediate said on 8/30/2010

I have Olympic-fever. No matter what sport is on, what time of day it is on (except of course during Shabbat), I love to watch the Olympics...

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Haiti "Theology"

weissteaches Intermediate said on 8/30/2010

When a natural disaster occurs, people often question God’s role in the event. As with the tsunamis of a few years ago, the internet is fill...

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Ten Divided by Two Need Not Equal Five

weissteaches Intermediate said on 8/30/2010

Many of us have seen the famous scene in Mel Brook’s comedy “History of the World” where Moshe says “I give you these 15… 10 commandments”, ...

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Joseph's Bones: Unfinished Family Business

weissteaches Intermediate said on 8/30/2010

This week’s Torah portion, B’shalach, features the defining moment of our national story: the children of Israel passing through the Sea of ...

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The Scroll of Jacob

weissteaches Intermediate said on 8/30/2010

This excerpt is from the recently discovered Scroll of Jacob. The Scroll is a first person narrative of Jacob’s life. The selection below al...

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