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Emulating Rabbi Helman

The Psalmist wrote, “When I behold Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and stars that You set in place, what is man that You have been mindful of him.” We echo those words as we remember Rabbi Leonard Helman, who gave so much to our community, in a multitude of ways. How […]

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Cultivating a Good Life

Yochanan ben Zakkai, one of the Talmudic sages, asked his disciples about the nature of a good life. “Go and seek, the best way in life that man must choose for himself.” The students answered, an “ayin tova,” a good eye, while another said “a good friend,” and another responded “a good neighbor,” and another, […]

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The Moral Animal–How Religion Survives

Commentators and scholars have trumpeted the demise of religion for many years. Recently, writers like Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchens and Richard Dawkins have declared that in this age of science, religious beliefs hold no validity. Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, chief rabbi of England, explained that organized religion will remain effective, because its growth follows something of […]

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