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Laban’s Gasconade

“Presumption is our natural and original malady. The most vulnerable and frail of all creatures is man, and at the same time the most arrogant (Michel de Montaigne).” We have been tracing Jacobs steps as he sets out with his “Two Way Vision,” to reverse the...

Not Waiting for the Monument

"Man, born of woman, is short-lived and full of trouble. Like a flower that springs up and fades, swift as a shadow that does not abide, even so he wastes away like a rotten thing; like a garment that the moth has consumed (Job 14:28).” “To...

A Different Sort of Fear of Life

“The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time (Mark Twain).” “Jacob lived in Egypt seventeen years, and the years of his life were a hundred and forty-seven. When the time drew near...

An Invisible Barrier

I. The family had been close with their local Cohanim for many years. They gave their Terumah to these Cohanim. They would always travel to Jerusalem when these Cohanim were on duty in the Beit Hamikdash. They turned to these Cohanim for spiritual guidance and...