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The Power of Silence

I once found myself in discussion with a young woman who objected to the perceived inequality of a Jewish wedding.  She observed that under the Chuppah, although the groom has a small speaking part, the bride says nothing – which…

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Space for Hashem

The most ambitious construction project was complete and the Mishkan – the portable desert sanctuary – was established according to Hashem’s instruction. So we would expect a triumphant climax to the people’s efforts as the Shechinah fills Hashem’s magnificent earthly…

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A Day of Optimism 

Have you ever wondered why the Jewish day starts at night?  Why is it that Shabbat and Yom Tov begin just before it gets dark in the evening rather than as dawn breaks the next morning? Of course, the obvious…

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