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Vayishlach: Giving Back

By Jspace Staff on 11/14/2013 at 10:57 AM

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Vayishlach: Giving Back

Two Jews once came to the local rabbi with a monetary dispute. "He owes me $50!" one claimed. "I know nothing of the sort!" the other argued. The rabbi ruled that the $50 had to be paid. The defendant began screaming, accusing the rabbi of unfairness. Surprised, the rabbi turned to the irate man and asked, "Yesterday, you had no problem accepting the substantial loss of money that resulted from your cow being deemed non-Kosher. And now you're losing yourself over $50?" The defendant shot the rabbi an angry look …More

Vayetzei: Giving Thanks

By Jspace Staff on 11/7/2013 at 11:42 AM

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Vayetzei: Giving Thanks

It is the second week of November and we are starting to get in to the Thanksgiving mode, so what is the Jewish perspective on Thanksgiving? It depends what you mean by Thanksgiving. They tell the story of two horses that observed people arguing. The animals were curious; what could these human beings possibly be fighting about? After much deliberation, they concluded that the source of the tension must be a dispute over hay. Apparently, one man had claimed part of another's portion. Indeed, that was quite a …More

Toldot: Creating a Sense of Self

By Jspace Staff on 10/31/2013 at 11:51 AM

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Toldot: Creating a Sense of Self

You get a call from the bank that suspicious-looking charges have been posted to your account. It becomes apparent that someone has gotten ahold of your information and used it. You are now a victim of identity theft. How do you feel? There is perhaps no loss more profound and hurtful as the loss of one's identity. Money can be replaced, valuables come and go--but the self? The sense of invasion experienced when one can no longer claim ownership over his name runs deep. Almost everyone these days, it seems, goes …More

Chayei Sara: Spiritual Insurance

By Jspace Staff on 10/24/2013 at 10:39 AM

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Chayei Sara: Spiritual Insurance

I assume you drive. I assume you wear a seat belt when you do. And I assume you do it for safety reasons. Oh, and yes, because you don't want a ticket either--but that's beside the point. Prudent individuals take precautions on the road, recognizing the inherent dangers of travel. They wear helmets when riding bicycles or motorcycles and avoid sending text messages at the wheel. Most people don't think about exactly how the seatbelt will protect them in the case of an accident, G-d forbid. They simply take it for …More

Vayera: Becoming Spiritually Driven

By Jspace Staff on 10/17/2013 at 12:28 PM

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Vayera: Becoming Spiritually Driven

The Declaration of Independence famously guarantees every person the right to the pursuit of happiness. What does that right mean to you? What would truly make you happy? Is it a dream home? Winning the lottery? Having a moment in the spotlight? Most people say, "If I had _________, I would be happy." But would you? There are plenty of wealthy people who resort to drugs and run to psychologists to deal with their depression. Money alone, it seems, cannot buy happiness. So what can? A human being is a composite …More

Lech Lecha: Always Keep Climbing

By Jspace Staff on 10/10/2013 at 12:41 PM

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Lech Lecha: Always Keep Climbing

As a child, the Lubavitcher Rebbe was once playing with his friends. One at a time, the boys attempted to climb the tall tree that stood in the yard. His mother watched as, one by one, each child reached about half-way up and suddenly fell down onto the grass. Only her son managed to get to the top of the tree. "How is it that you succeeded where everyone else failed?" she asked in amazement. "Because," answered the future leader, "as they climbed up, the other boys all looked down to see how high they were, and …More

Noach: Acknowledging Our Smallness

By Jspace Staff on 10/3/2013 at 1:26 PM

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Noach: Acknowledging Our Smallness

We had just arrived at a Sheva Brochos reception in our honor during the week after our wedding. The host opened the door for us with a smile and graciously exclaimed, "Welcome to my home!" I can still picture his wife's expression as she corrected, "OUR home." When asked how things are going, most successful businessmen will simply reply, "Doing well." Others will respond to the same question with, "Thank G-d, business is good." Now, logically, the second answer is a bit out of place. What are you thanking …More

Simchat Torah: Starting Anew

By Jspace Staff on 9/26/2013 at 10:47 AM

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Simchat Torah: Starting Anew

Picture this: You're at a 50th anniversary party for a couple you know—wine, candles, roses and all. Everyone is having a grand time sharing memories and perusing photos. Suddenly, the celebrated husband stands up and begins describing the mid-life crisis he experienced many years before. He reminds the crowd of how rough things got with his relationship, and how he and his wife separated for a while. Nobody understands why he would bring this up. To call the guy's remarks inappropriate would be a gross …More

Nitzavim-Vayelech: Unity and Peoplehood

By Jspace Staff on 8/29/2013 at 2:40 PM

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Nitzavim-Vayelech: Unity and Peoplehood

You know those fantastic stories about ancient monarchs and their outrageous whims? Well, one such character decided that he had to have a glass of milk—but not just any milk. The king had a craving for the milk of a lioness. So he called upon his main servant and gave him the order. The servant's surprise was surpassed only by his fright. How would he get close enough to a lioness to milk her, and still come back alive? To make a long story short, the servant trapped the beast, and, using a long tool, …More

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Ki Tavo: Expressing Gratitude

By Jspace Staff on 8/22/2013 at 4:38 PM

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Ki Tavo: Expressing Gratitude

It was in the middle of one hectic workday. The business executive received a message from his secretary that a woman wanted to meet with him regarding an important matter. Not one to miss out on potentially valuable opportunities, the man agreed, and the secretary scheduled an appointment for an hour on the following day. At the appointed time, there was a knock on the office door. The executive rose to open it, and came face to face with... his wife. "I've been telling you we need to talk one of these days," …More

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Ki Teitzei: Thinking Ahead

By Jspace Staff on 8/15/2013 at 4:53 PM

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Ki Teitzei: Thinking Ahead

A man stands up in the synagogue one week and declares, "People, beware--Yankel is a thief!" Upon discovering that this man had falsely slandered poor Yankel in public, the local Rabbi insists that he publicly take back his words to clear Yankel's name, by stating that Yankel is not a thief. And so, the following week, the man announces, "Yankel is not a thief?!" "I'm human!" How many times do we hear people say that? What's it supposed to mean? Is it a cop-out? Does being human entitle one to make …More

Shoftim: Aim for the Target

By Jspace Staff on 8/9/2013 at 10:39 AM

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Shoftim: Aim for the Target

There was once a king who was very fond of target shooting. He practiced daily and arranged competitions. With time, he felt that he had gotten pretty good at the sport, yet he continued trying to improve. One day, as he was traveling through the countryside, the king noticed several target boards near a small peasant hut. Looking closely, he was astonished to see that every one of the many darts on the boards was precisely in the center! This simple peasant was apparently an expert; he had hit a bull's eye with …More