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Mordechai Wollenberg

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Two friends were walking when they saw a sign saying, "Your country needs you!" "Hey, David," said one to the other, "what are you waiting for? It says that they need you!" The first word of this week's Torah reading, Re'eh ("See!"), is in the singular fo...
“How do you know that your livelihood is in front of you,” asked Rabbi Levi Yitzchak, “and you are running to catch up with it? Maybe it is behind you, and you are actually running further away from it!”
Of course, a large number of small quantities add up to a much larger quantity. But there is also another reason why the "small details" are so important...
The first Jewish President of America was elected. Naturally, his first step was to call his Mother: "Mama, I've won the elections, you've got to come to the inauguration!" "I don't know. What would I wear?" "Don't worry, Mama, I'm going to be president, ...
Moving forward is essential, but in order to do so we must understand where we are coming from
Moses spoke to Israel of their failings. When Moses spoke to G-d, however, he related only the virtues of the Jewish people and argued on their behalf, no matter what they did wrong...
This Torah reminds us that even though we may have reached our destination, we should always be cognizant of the path which brought us there, and not take for granted those who have encouraged and guided us.
Which is more important--Torah precepts or ethical concepts? It is a well-meaning but misguided question
This week's parshah tells of the census taken of the Jewish people. A census places everyone on an equal footing. Somebody on the highest spiritual levels is counted equally to somebody on a "lower" level, with nobody taking priority over anybody else. Th...
In this week’s Torah portion we are told that that “G‑d happened upon Balaam.” The hallmark of the careless, irresponsible person is the notion that something “just happened.” It’s not my responsibility, it just sort of happened. It is all too easy to fin...
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