Bad Things Don’t Happen

Reading Time: 14 minutes

The book of Job is surely the most shocking book of the Bible.

Job is a righteous man — there is “no one like him on earth; pure, straight, God-fearing, and does no evil” (Job 1:8). He is wealthy, accomplished, respected, and the father of ten children.

God decides to test Job. And it’s not a stubbing-one’s-toe type of test. In one fell swoop, his children die and his wealth is completely obliterated.

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Right On

Reading Time: 2 minutes

Amazingly, in the portion of Pinchas, Moses records an incident in which he is proven wrong by five young girls. It’s hard to imagine how Moses can possibly maintain his credibility as the leader of the nation and the lawgiver if a few youngsters know the law better than he does!

One thing is clear: In a world where power, control and personal honor reign supreme, Moses and other biblical figures stick out like a sore thumb.

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Leap of Faith?

Reading Time: 3 minutes

At Mount Sinai, the Jewish people accepted the Torah with the words, na’aseh v’nishma – we will do, then we will understand (Exodus 24:7). Their commitment to keeping God’s Torah was not in any way contingent upon their understanding why they should do so. They were ready to do whatever God would command, irrespective of whether or not it made sense to them.

At first glance, this seems to fly in the face of all we know about Judaism.

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Self Love

Reading Time: 4 minutes

My Rosh Yeshiva, ztzl, used to reminisce about his days as a child on the Lower East Side. Often, he would come back from school and his father would ask him, ‘Noach – did you remember that Hashem loves you today?’ ‘Yes’, was the young boy’s usual answer. ‘Well done, his father would respond. You did a very big mitzvah. And an easy one at that!!’

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The Mezuzah

Reading Time: 3 minutes


A mezuzah contains the first two paragraphs of the Shema. The first paragraph deals in main with the fundamentals of Jewish conviction. We accept, ideally as a result of rigorous investigation, that there is a God who created the world and that our goal in life is to act in a way that exhibits Godly traits. The second paragraph deals with consequences. Life matters. Our decisions matter. This is not an empty world. We have the opportunity to build it or to destroy it. God has placed those choices squarely on our shoulders. 

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