Timeless Teachings

Relationships through the eyes of our Sages

Love Without Cause

Our Sages tell us that the reason for the destruction of the Second Temple and the dispersion of our people among the nations was שנאת ח’נם  – hatred without cause. And only אהבת חינם – love without cause – can … more

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My War Against Nice II

As we explained in “My War Against Nice I,” trying to be nice means determining how we act by how it will make others feel. This syndrome was (first?) described almost 900 years ago by the great Rabbeinu Bechaya in … more

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TRUE LOVE

We find a perplexing pasuk with regard to Yaakov’s love for Rachel. In describing the seven years Yaakov was forced to wait before he could marry Rachel, the Torah tells us: He felt that they were like just a few … more

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FROM OUR PATRIARCHS AND MATRIARCHS

  It is naive to think that men and women communicate in a similar fashion. It is even more naive to think that we can explain the conduct of our Patriarchs and Matriarchs in terms of our own perspective on … more

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A Message From a Dove

At the end of forty days of rain, Noah sent a raven and afterward a dove to verify whether the floodwaters had subsided. The dove returned to Noah with an olive tree branch in its beak. The Talmud (Eiruvin 18b) … more

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THE SHOFAR: BLASTING THROUGH TO OUR TRUE SELF

  I’d like to present three puzzling teachings of our Sages concerning the shofar we blow on Rosh Hashanah, and explain how they can all be understood through one fundamental concept. First of all, why do we use a ram’s horn … more

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APPRECIATION – THE KEY TO HAPPY LIVING

  What does a Jew do when G-d blesses him with a new crop?  As described in this week’s parashah, he brings the first fruits – the bikkurim – to the Beit HaMikdash, and makes the special viduy declaration over … more

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READY FOR WAR

כי תצא READY FOR WAR (כי תצא למלחמה על איוביך ונתת ד’ אלקיך בידך ושבית שביו) When you go out to war against your enemy, and Hashem, your G-d, gives you victory (Devarim 21:10). Our Sages tell us that this … more

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PREPARING FOR ROSH HASHANAH

  I once overheard a conversation that echoes in my ears every year around this season. A young son of a rabbi who was looking to become wealthy asked one of his father’s wealthy congregants how he can get rich. … more

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TZEDAKAH: HOW SMALL CHANGE CAN MAKE A BIG CHANGE

  During my early days in Israel, a roommate and I were approached by a poor man as we were strolling down Meah Shearim Street in Jerusalem. The man stuck out a cup, which contained a few coins, and said, … more

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