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Ki Tavo 5767 - August 31, 2007

Ki Tavo 5767 - August 31, 2007

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Chassidic Thought
Achieving Man 2.0

Woman 1.0 was a harsh and judgmental version, not at all user-friendly. Her name was Lilith, with a personality as inflexible as a dry bone. Adam dumped that one fast. So woman was upgraded. The problem is, Adam wasn't...
Do You Resent Being Told What To Do?

Our relationship with G-d is completely scripted. The tasks demanded by this relationship seemingly don't leave much room for improvisation, for impromptu and original outbursts of care and love.
Seasons
What Happened on Your Birthday?

You existed before you were born, and you're not going to be doing anything useful for a while; so what, exactly, are we celebrating?
The Jewish Woman
Chana Deevon

With 46 years of midwifery experience and over 30,000 babies under her belt, Mrs. Deevon is almost certainly the most prolific and senior midwife in all of Israel...
Parshah
The Parshah in a Nutshell
Gratitude and tithes and rebuke. Moses lists the blessings the Jewish nation will receive if they follow G-d’s ways, and the bad things that will befall them if they stray.
The Case of the Basket

That “the rich get richer and the poor get poorer” is a fact already noted by the Talmud some 1,500 years ago. But what’s so great about being rich, anyway?
Is It Dangerous to Go to Israel?

What is the danger of going? Something may happen. What is the danger of not going? Well, nothing. Nothing will happen.
The Bigger Picture

Without collective achievement, we cannot achieve individual fulfillment.
Happiness as an Acquired State

Joy is the key to inner mastery. It enables a person to win as a human being and as a Jew, despite the pain
Crossing the Border

The sages of the Talmud disagree on the point in Jewish history at which time the obligation to bring bikkurim (“first fruits”) came into effect. The Rebbe sees their debate as a lesson on the nature, uses and hindrances of knowledge and consciousness.
The Evolution of Evil

The 98 curses of the Rebuke prompt the question: Does G-d really “punish” us for our misdeeds, like a parent at his wits’ end as to what to do with a troublemaking child? Or is there some deeper current that moves beneath the tides of pain and suffering that sweep our world?
News
Jewish School Returns to Hamburg Building Left Judenrein by Nazis

The Talmud Torah Realschule began classes this week in the very building which until 1939 housed a school for Hamburg’s Jewish children.
Stay away - to the ultimate degree - from "holy wars." Not because we lack the means of prevailing or because of timorousness, but because we must consecrate all our strength exclusively to strengthening our own structure, the edifice of Torah and mitzvot performed in holiness and purity
— Rabbi Sholom DovBer of Lubavitch (1860-1920; quoted in HaYom Yom, Elul 14)
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Sincerity is not enough. You have to do the right thing.

Why is it this way? Why can't we be judged by our intentions alone?

So that we will know that we are small, and truth is very large. It is truth that stands at the center, and we that orbit about it.

Tanya, chapter 38.

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