April 24, 2015 archive

Metzora- The Power of Words

Tazria-Metzora, Leviticus 12:1-15:33 Mark Twain wrote, “It takes your enemy and your friend, working together, to hurt you to the heart; the one to slander you and the other to get the news to you.” It’s no wonder that 25 percent of the sins that we confess on Yom Kippur have to do with the …

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Sources on Business Ethics

SELECTED TEXTS ON BUSINESS ETHICS “Do what is right and good in the eyes of God.” Deuteronomy 6:18       Baruch Atah Adonai Elohenu melech ha-olam asher kidshanu b’mitzvotav v’tzeevanu la’asok b’divrei Torah. We praise You, Adonai our God, ruling force of the universe, who makes us holy with your mitzvot, giving us the …

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Counting the Omer- Day 7

    Tonight is our first Shabbas together counting the omer. Since Passover began on a Friday night, each week as we come together for kabbalat Shabbat we will count in multiples of 7, marking this time as we anticipate receiving the Torah on the holiday of Shavuot and preparing ourselves intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually. …

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Purim and Intellectual Property

Did you know that Jewish law prohibits selling a basket of strawberries with the gorgeous ones on the top and the shmushy, moldy ones on the bottom? Well, Mesillat Yesharim doesn’t exactly mention strawberries, but it does say that it is forbidden to conceal the defects of something you are trying to sell. It is …

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Ki Tissa and Broken-ness

Some rabbis choose to wear robes, and there is, of course, a big advantage to that: you never have to worry about what to wear for services. I usually try to wear something nice, something that will honor Shabbat and the congregation. Tonight I wanted to particularly call attention to my shoes. These shoes are …

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