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  A number of my friends have lost parents this year and just a few years ago my father-in-law passed away during Chanukah. This week’s parsha, Parashat Vayechi, tells of the final moments of Jacob’s life, his death and burial in the cave of Machpela in Hebron, Israel. Later in the parsha Josef also dies. The book of Genesis chronicling the lives of the patriarchs and matriarchs comes to an end.   Death is not Read More
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The upcoming American presidential election is big news throughout the world. Hillary vs. Trump makes for great entertainment, but it’s kind of scary when you think of the incredibly high stakes involved. Most will agree that the world’s stability is strongly tied to the safety, security and sanity of the United States. Leaders we laugh at make for great comedy, but what we really want and need are leaders who command our confidence and respect. The Torah is full of Read More
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Finally Spring has sprung! The gardeners, bikers and boaters are out in full force. Whatever their passion, you can be sure that their kids are alongside – little ones in tow at the garden show, coasting precariously in the bike seat or almost hidden in their oversized life jackets. Fast track 20 years and chances are those little ones will still be bikers, boaters and gardeners. Children learn much more from what we do than Read More
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Hi Chevra, A few years ago I flew to Cincinnati for a conference. I was pumped up with that feeling of self-importance that comes with leaving home and the familiar routine. I thought, “I’m flying on business like important people do.” After the conference I was on a total high. Long before my flight took off, my head was so completely in the clouds that, out of my own stupidity and general spaciness, I missed my flight from Cincinnati Read More
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Do you believe in miracles? Our Passover Seders were full of talk about these miraculous events and Passover doesn’t end with the seders. In fact the last days of the Passover focus on another great miracle, the splitting of the Sea of Reeds, so it’s worthwhile to have a little grounding in miracles… so to speak. Pummelled by miraculous plague after plague, Pharaoh finally sends the children of Israel out of Egypt. Rather than leading them on the most direct Read More
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