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A Plague of Darkness

There is a plague of darkness that has fallen not only on our land but upon the world. Actually, there are many plagues — just as in Egypt they seem to come in groups even though just one plague would be more than enough — dayyenu. The coronavirus is certainly

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What Is True In This Moment

This d’var Torah was written during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, as Passover 2020 approached. While the specific circumstances have changed since its writing, the spiritual insights remain deeply relevant. There are many things these days that can lead us to fear and anxiety. We may be worried

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On Shabbat HaGadol

The Shabbat before Pesach is known as Shabbat HaGadol: The Great Shabbat. The special nature of the day is highlighted with a haftarah selected from the prophet Malachi. The words of this anonymous prophet (the name Malachi simply means “my messenger”), who lived around the middle of the 5th century

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Responsibility and the Hardened Heart

“How do you know when you have really grown up?” I remember being asked that question one evening by one of my 10th grade Confirmation students, and how it produced one of the most thoughtful and reflective discussions we had that entire year. Most of the students (all 15-year-olds), one

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Allegorical Interpretation of the Song of Songs

Today I would like to talk about lessons from the Passover story as can be learned from the Song of Songs. First, though, I would like to give a brief introduction to the book itself. The Song of Songs or the song of Solomon which it is also called, is

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