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Blessing for Learning Torah (melody by Rabbi David Paskin)

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This is the traditional blessing for Learning Torah sung to a melody by Rabbi David Paskin. It is recited as an introduction to the Torah Service at Congregation Netivot Shalom in Berkeley. For more of Rabbi Paskin's Teachings, visit davidpaskin.com!

Everyone

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Everyone
(c) Rabbi Menachem Creditor


We are who we are,
but we are also not.
The sneakers we wear,
the earnings, the haircuts -
each truly nothing more than a mask.
Look past those things,
into the soul of each person.
You will find that we are each
everyone who has ever been.

Rabbi Andrew Sacks in Jpost: "Evading service or serving God?"

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Jpost: "Evading service or serving God?" Rabbi Andrew Sacks, Director of the Masorti [Conservative] Movement's Rabbinical Assembly in Israel (the organization of Masorti/Conservative rabbis) and the Masorti Movement's Bureau of Religious Affairs. http://blogs.jpost.com/content/evading-service-or-serving-god Much of the Zealously Orthodox, non-Zionist,  Yeshiva world in Israel would appear to be populated by those who may study the words of the Torah but who invest time and effort avoiding its commandments.  How could I make such an outrageous statement? Allow me to make my case. The Torah seems quite clear that in the event of war (i.e. when there is a need for conscription) only a very few were to be relieved of military duty. The Book of Deuteronomy (chapter 20) states that but four categories of people were to be exempted in a time of war. These included the person who has built a home and not yet dedicated it; one who has planted a vineyard but not yet enjoyed its f…

WOW Rosh Hodesh Adar

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What's Up @ Ramah California!

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