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Rabbi Yisrael Rutman

Yisrael Rutman lives in Israel, where he teaches Jewish Studies, edits E-geress.org, and writes for various publications.

8 Surprising Lessons from the Laws of Chanukah

8 Surprising Lessons from the Laws of Chanukah

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A closer examination of the laws and customs of Chanukah yields some surprising insights.


Shifting the Blame

Shifting the Blame

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Accepting personal responsibility for our actions is the cornerstone for lasting change.


Stones of Wisdom

Stones of Wisdom

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The Holy Temple's ancient stones - a pathway to wisdom - now lay in ruins.


May

May "The Place" Comfort You

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The traditional Jewish words in comforting a mourner can go to the deepest place.


Like Sheep To The Slaughter

Like Sheep To The Slaughter

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Instead of a badge of shame, the true meaning of the phrase refers to Jewish valor in the darkest times.


Generosity and the Jews

Generosity and the Jews

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Tzedakah is a hallmark of Jewish tradition. You don't need money to do it.


Perseverance: The Gateway to Holiness

Perseverance: The Gateway to Holiness

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Perseverance, the bedrock of Jewish tradition, is the key to spiritual success.


Judaism's Mind-Body Connection

Judaism's Mind-Body Connection

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Why are so many hospitals named after Mount Sinai?


Killing Mercy

Killing Mercy

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An ailing academic reflects on euthanasia.


The Royal Jew From Swaziland

The Royal Jew From Swaziland

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An accidental encounter with Hebrew alters the destiny of an African prince.


At First Sight

At First Sight

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What would it be like to be blind all your life, and then be able to see?


Why Hope?

Why Hope?

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We can know with certainty that there will be a better future.


Downfall of the Enemy

Downfall of the Enemy

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How should we feel upon seeing an evil person destroyed?


Faith and the Economic Slowdown

Faith and the Economic Slowdown

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If people have no faith in God, He will see to it that they will also have no faith in each other.


Ben Franklin's Loophole

Ben Franklin's Loophole

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While honesty may be the best policy, there are other policies, like tax evasion, insider trading and phony profits, that are also very good.