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Jewish Meditation at the Kotel

Har HaBayit and Kotel

  “I couldn’t move”, “It was like magic” and “you must do it”, were some the responses of the ten randomly selected strangers who participated in a guided meditation intended to connect them more deeply to the Western Wall. In a seven minute video detailing the process, we can see French, Italian, American and Israeli Read More

Leadership in the Wilderness

  For several months now I've been reading Leadership in the Wilderness by Dr. Erica Brown. During that whole time I've been going back and forth in my mind about whether or not to write a review. I decided some time ago to only write reviews of books that I recommend you buy and read Read More

Hacked

hacker

  As I announced on Facebook, Thinking Torah was hacked about ten days ago. I thought it would be worthwhile to write a few words about the whole event and my thoughts about the experience. I don't intend this post to be a complete history of the event. I'll only include the details that I Read More

Why Is Chanukah 8 Days?

Menorah in Harbin Museum

Shown above is the Menorah in Harbin Museum   One of the interesting aspects of living in Jerusalem are the constant encounters with Jewish history. For example, one of the Light Rail stops is Shimon HaTzadik, named after one of the High Priests. When the train pulls into that station I often have two thoughts Read More

Book Review – The Sages

The Sages Vol 3

  After the defeat of Bar Kochba the Jewish world was in turmoil. The sages gathered in Usha in the Galilee to strengthen Torah observance. Their work shaped the Jewish world we live in today. The Sages - Volume III The Galilean Period is about the prominent sages between the years 138 CE - 220 Read More

Kingdoms and Stability

The Old Harbor in Caesarea

Old Harbor in Caesarea     There's a lesson in Parashat Lech Lecha that is easy to overlook. It's found in the middle of the parasha and that's probably part of the reason why it's overlooked. Read these few verses from the Judaica Press translation: Bereshit Chapter 14 1 Now it came to pass in Read More

How to Change a Habit

Sukkah at Israel Museum

Sukkah at Israel Museum     I was troubled during the Yom Kippur davening. Toward the end of the amidah we beseech God, "May it be Your will that I don't sin any more." I was thinking that I'm saying what I really mean, but I know that I will sin again. I wanted a Read More

This morning I received an email that I'm sure many rabbis would have been proud to write. Though not the author's intent, it is a very powerful message as we leave Yom Kippur behind and move into the rest of the year. I think it's especially important to have this message in mind when you Read More

Jeremiah

Last night I had the privilege of hearing Rabbi Dr. Binyamin Lau speak at the Jerusalem Great Synagogue. It was the official launch of his book Jeremiah - The Fate of a Prophet. Here's my Amazon link for this book: http://thinkingtorah.com/amazon/jeremiah I was excited to attend because I enjoy hearing Rabbi Lau speak and because Read More

A Lesson From Stephen Covey

Stephen Covey taught his son how to take care of their lawn. The story is recorded in his classic book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. (Of course you've read this, haven't you? No? Then buy it here: http://thinkingtorah.com/amazon/7-habits) He gave his son two goals to strive for: Green and Clean. The grass was Read More