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Rabbi Boruch Leff

Rabbi Boruch Leff is a vice-principal at Torah Institute in Baltimore. "Are You Growing?" (Feldheim), his just released book, is a must read if you want to grow spiritually. Click here for info on the book.

The Rewards of Having a Rabbi

The Rewards of Having a Rabbi

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John and David were researching a Talmudic passage. "Come on, Dave", John urged. "The paper's due tomorrow and it's already 10:00 PM. Let's just ...


It's a meaningful life

It's a meaningful life

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There's an old expression, "Time is Money." We all know as well that life is the sum total of all of our moments in time. Hence, "Time is Life." ...


Of 'Sefira' Beards and Beacons Gone Bad

Of 'Sefira' Beards and Beacons Gone Bad

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If you take a look at Jewish men post-Passover, you'll probably notice many of them with stubble on their faces, the beginnings of beards. Why the ...


Are All Men Created Equal?

Are All Men Created Equal?

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At Mount Sinai, God described the Jewish People as a holy nation (Shemot 19:6). But it sounds too difficult and lofty a concept for us to handle. ...


Uncomfortable Musings for Comfortable Jews

Uncomfortable Musings for Comfortable Jews

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Something is strange. The arrangement throughout the Parshas of Tzaria-Metzora is unusual. These Parshas describe the laws of tzaarat, a ...


Sacrifices and the 'Value' of Idol Worship

Sacrifices and the 'Value' of Idol Worship

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It sounds funny doesn't it. Can there really be something valuable in worshipping idols? Isn't idol worship Public Enemy #1 in the eyes of the ...


Becoming a Holy Drunk

Becoming a Holy Drunk

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It seems a bit funny, but getting drunk on Purim can be a spiritual experience.


L'Chaim - To Life?

L'Chaim - To Life?

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Life is good. There is no doubt that the vast majority of us feel this way. This is why the most common Jewish drink toast is "L'Chaim," To Life. ...


A Temple Full of Blood

A Temple Full of Blood

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Dedicated Lezecher Nishmas Yechiel Michael ben Aryeh and Eka Miriam bas Menachem Simcha by Mr. and Mrs. Jack Fried of Cincinnati For many weeks ...


The Power of Community

The Power of Community

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Here we go again. We seem to being having deja vu. Wasn't it just a few short weeks ago that we read the Torah's account of the construction of the ...


The Mystical White Snow

The Mystical White Snow

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The snowy streets are slippery and it's cold and wet. It's also a special time to get close to God.


Miracles Don't Really Matter

Miracles Don't Really Matter

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Judaism is not based upon the performance of miracles.


The World Series of Life

The World Series of Life

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In life no one's a benchwarmer, and other key lessons from baseball.


Judgment Means Love

Judgment Means Love

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All of us fear judgment. No one likes to go to traffic court for a violation. Certainly we don't crave hearing our bosses' evaluation of our ...


A Tedious Tabernacle?

A Tedious Tabernacle?

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It happens every year. Every time we open up the Torah to read Exodus, it glaringly stares us in the face. We ask ourselves: What in the world did ...


Mystical Autumn Leaves

Mystical Autumn Leaves

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As the trees shed their leaves, I search for a kabbalistic understanding: Why did God create a world where I need to do all this raking?


God Knows Best

God Knows Best

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We have been called the Chosen People since time immemorial. But what exactly happened to grant us this exalted title? The answer lies in a profound ...


Act, Don't Just React

Act, Don't Just React

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We sit around being armchair presidents and prime ministers.


I Learn, Therefore I Teach

I Learn, Therefore I Teach

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We all believe in God, but we constantly struggle with the same issue: how do we increase our faith in Him? Is there anything active that we can do ...


Go Slow

Go Slow

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We have a major problem with this week's Torah portion. In fact, it's a problem with the entire Exodus from Egypt. The problem is: Is God being ...


Time for Change

Time for Change

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The American elections and Rosh Hashana.


For the Love of the Game

For the Love of the Game

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We have all heard of the concept of making someone an offer that they cannot refuse. More often than not we can refuse the offer, but we cannot ...


Excuses, excuses

Excuses, excuses

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When we really want to accomplish something, nothing can stand in our way.


The Secret of Jewish Survival

The Secret of Jewish Survival

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Throughout the ages, many have been amazed at the Jewish nation's survival. Faced with a history of suffering, sorrow, and persecution, Jews have ...


The Strong into the Hands of the Weak

The Strong into the Hands of the Weak

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During most years, the Shabbat of Parshat Mikeitz coincides with the festival of Chanukah. Hence, tens and tens of commentaries have established ...


Applying

Applying "The Last Lecture"

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If you had one last lecture to give before you died, what would it be?


Rest and Relaxation

Rest and Relaxation

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Don't we all crave those moments in life of rest and relaxation? Many of us may even use such times for spiritual meaning and growth. What's wrong ...


You Are What You Own

You Are What You Own

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Rabbi Yaakov Weinberg on the Jewish view of possessions.


Downfall of the Yankees

Downfall of the Yankees

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Does God care about the baseball playoffs?


Appreciating the Simple Things in Life

Appreciating the Simple Things in Life

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Jacob, our Patriarch, was a holy man. We don't usually find holy people overly concerned with their physical well-being. Yet, in this week's Torah ...


Torah with Morrie, Final: Leaving a Legacy

Torah with Morrie, Final: Leaving a Legacy

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Death ends a life, not a relationship.


Torah with Morrie #19: The Completion of Life

Torah with Morrie #19: The Completion of Life

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It isn't the physical life itself that makes the difference; it is the legacy.


Serving God For Pleasure

Serving God For Pleasure

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If someone approached you and guaranteed that you would receive 100 million dollars if you simply follow what they asked of you, would you agree to ...


Seeing Good in All

Seeing Good in All

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God wants us to see the depth within the Yishmael personality


Torah with Morrie #18: Avoiding Youth Envy

Torah with Morrie #18: Avoiding Youth Envy

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Appreciating the gifts that old age provides.


Affronts to confronts

Affronts to confronts

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SARAH'S DISBELIEF AND GOD'S CRITICISM How can we put Sarah and disbelief in the same sentence? Sarah - the initial Matriarch of the Jewish People - ...


Knowing Your Place

Knowing Your Place

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Lot and insubordination.


Torah with Morrie #17: Embracing the Aging Process

Torah with Morrie #17: Embracing the Aging Process

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Respecting elders is more than good manners, it shows what is truly important in life.


Unified Technology Against God?

Unified Technology Against God?

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"One of the greatest tragedies of intellectual human experience is that we study Bible stories when we are 55 in the same manner as we studied them ...


Night Owls? Not!

Night Owls? Not!

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Have you ever tried to get lots of things done at night? Did you ever assume that you can get just as much done at night as you could during the day ...


Torah with Morrie #16: Being Number Two

Torah with Morrie #16: Being Number Two

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The pitfalls of trying to always be Number One.


Torah with Morrie #15: Parenting with Pride

Torah with Morrie #15: Parenting with Pride

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Why did God create the world where grownups must suffer through inattentiveness, non-compliance, and general moodiness with our kids?


Torah with Morrie #14: Family First

Torah with Morrie #14: Family First

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What is the most important element in achieving happiness?


Torah with Morrie #13: Giving Through Taking

Torah with Morrie #13: Giving Through Taking

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Sometimes the best way to give is by allowing others give to us and take.


Torah with Morrie #12: Making Meaningful Moments Last

Torah with Morrie #12: Making Meaningful Moments...

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How can we ever truly enjoy something when we know that all things will pass?


Torah with Morrie 11: Learn How to Die; Learn How to Live

Torah with Morrie 11: Learn How to Die; Learn How...

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Are you ready to die today?


Torah with Morrie #10: Finding One True Friend

Torah with Morrie #10: Finding One True Friend

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Everyone needs that one person who understands us and with whom we can communicate openly without any pretenses.


Torah with Morrie #9: Timeless Teachers

Torah with Morrie #9: Timeless Teachers

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Parents give physical life to a child; teachers inject that life with purpose and meaning.


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