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The Wisdom of Sharing

Abraham wants to share: Three days after major surgery, the centenarian is out on the highway looking for guests. Sarah wants to share: After Isaac is weaned and her milk has stopped flowing, she invites the world to Isaac’s party, and to share her milk with...

The Promise of Hope

I was sick for many years. I desperately prayed for healing and for the necessary clarity to understand what God was teaching me through my suffering. My wife and I went from one doctor to another searching for the correct diagnosis. We would silently sit in...

A Real Marriage

There are all sorts of marriages. People negotiate the terms of their relationship and learn how to live together. Once in a while I meet people who are really married. They have such a powerful connection that it is impossible to relate to them without...

Ready for Independence?

I was asked by a congregation in Los Angeles to meet with a young rabbi in Brooklyn, and try to persuade him to assume the LA pulpit. The salary was double his NY salary, and he would not have to work the insane schedule that...

Beautiful To Me

Abraham and Sarah were old. They were childless. The Talmud and Midrash actually describe them as clearly limited in the reproductive arena. God promised children to Abraham. He first met God in the furnace of fire. He knew God. Sarah had not. She knew that she...