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Elisha Greenbaum

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Rabbi Meir Shapiro of Lublin, a great leader of Polish Jewry, was once sitting in a meeting together with a number of other rabbis and dignitaries to plan a response to a pressing communal issue. Time was short and the risk was great. There was a paucity ...
I get on well with the guy across the street. He’s a typically gregarious Australian who enjoys a quiet beer and football and is devoted to his kids. We’ve had some interesting discussions over the years. He’s curious about my job and the odd hours I keep...
He giggles a bit at the foolishness of adults who waste their time asking such ridiculous questions, and calmly returns to his artwork.
I’m falling behind on my mortgage. My fantasy football team has had a rotten year. There’s a possum that’s taken up residence in my backyard. My neighbor’s dog barks all night. I had a winning ticket in the Powerball lottery, but I only won $21.80, while ...
And you shall rejoice before the L‑rd, your G‑d, you and your son and your daughter . . . in the place in which the L‑rd, your G‑d, will choose to establish His Name. Deuteronomy 16:11. Twenty years ago, many synagogues in Melbourne had two types of regul...
The old adage has it that “a family that prays together, stays together.” Yet I’m not sure I fully agree. I know too many people who were regularly dragged to services as children, yet now wouldn’t set foot back in a synagogue and don’t have much to do wi...
When he was being led, manacled, out of his home, the final words he addressed to his children were, “Dear children, dedicate your lives to that for which I am being arrested.”
It hardly seems democratic; just because you come from a family of Kohanim (priests) or Leviim (Levites), why should that qualify you for extra honor?
How could the rabbi claim to be supporting orphans with this money?
I was ready! This was what I’d entered the rabbinate for.
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