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Faster Than Time

Faster Than Time

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This Passover, achieve the impossible.

Bad Things Don't Happen

Bad Things Don't Happen

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Finding light in the darkness.

Free Will and its Deniers

Free Will and its Deniers

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Free choice is humanity's "greatest gift," a gift that itself makes life worth living.

Purpose: Heartbeat of Creation

Purpose: Heartbeat of Creation

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When "bad things happen to good people," by what standard does one define "bad"?

The Anger of the Atheists

The Anger of the Atheists

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If morality and ethics are rendered meaningless, how's a principled atheist supposed to respond to injustice?

The Etrog and Jewish Beauty

The Etrog and Jewish Beauty

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Judaism's surprising definition of beauty.

Heaven Can Wait

Heaven Can Wait

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If Jews believe in a blissful afterlife, why does death cause us such inconsolable grief?

Celebrating Jewish Sadness

Celebrating Jewish Sadness

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Tisha B'Av teaches that through pain and sadness, we can truly know pleasure and joy.

Doubt and Certainty

Doubt and Certainty

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Searching for clarity and the road back to the garden.

The Indignity of Atheism

The Indignity of Atheism

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One who sees only random forces behind why we humans find ourselves here is ultimately bound only by his wants.

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.

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.

Channeling Spiritual Light

Channeling Spiritual Light

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How living the commandments empowers you to connect with God and be your true self.

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.

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 Last

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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 to Live

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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.

Torah with Morrie #8: Criticism on the Rebound

Torah with Morrie #8: Criticism on the Rebound

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The faults we accuse others of can most often be found within ourselves.

Torah with Morrie #7: Limiting Self-Pity

Torah with Morrie #7: Limiting Self-Pity

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Living with joy despite our setbacks and travails.

Torah with Morrie #6: Feeling for Others

Torah with Morrie #6: Feeling for Others

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Striving to live with an awareness of the pain of others and do what we can to alleviate their burden.

Beyond Miracles

Beyond Miracles

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Judaism as a rational religion.

Torah with Morrie #5: Other People's Dramas

Torah with Morrie #5: Other People's Dramas

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You don't need to be famous to be a hero.

Torah With Morrie #4: Live Like You're Dying

Torah With Morrie #4: Live Like You're Dying

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Living life urgently, intensely and purposefully.

Torah with Morrie #3: Living Funerals

Torah with Morrie #3: Living Funerals

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Why wait for a funeral to give heartfelt praise about those you love?

Torah with Morrie #2: Living with Youthful Passion

Torah with Morrie #2: Living with Youthful Passion

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Whether you're over the hill or not depends on whether you still feel like climbing.

Torah with Morrie: The Value of Silence

Torah with Morrie: The Value of Silence

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What comfort do we find in all the noise?

Random Suffering?

Random Suffering?

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Not a chance. Adversity -- wherever it strikes, whomever it takes and whomever its spares -- always has a reason, even when it cannot be discerned.

Hiding from God

Hiding from God

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Who is the master of your universe? A Rosh Hashanah meditation.

Now You See God, Now You Don't

Now You See God, Now You Don't

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Unmasking the Divine on Purim.

Maimonides #13 - Resurrection of the Dead

Maimonides #13 - Resurrection of the Dead

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Why is it necessary to bring the body and soul together for ultimate eternal reward?

Maimonides #12 - The Messianic Era

Maimonides #12 - The Messianic Era

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Waiting for the Messiah means knowing that he will bring the world to the recognition of the Almighty and at last fulfill the national mission of Israel.

Maimonides #10-11 - God's Omniscience

Maimonides #10-11 - God's Omniscience

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Rosh Hashana instills the awareness that God judges and rewards my actions, which gives meaning, purpose, and justification to life.

The Liberating Experience of Judgment

The Liberating Experience of Judgment

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Yes these are Days of Awe, but they are days of exhilaration too.

Dr. Laura, God Loves You

Dr. Laura, God Loves You

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Judaism is not a fast-food religion.

Maimonides #9 - The Uniqueness of Torah

Maimonides #9 - The Uniqueness of Torah

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With the understanding that Torah is absolute, there is no time when it becomes inappropriate or irrelevant.

Maimonides #8 - Divinity of the Torah

Maimonides #8 - Divinity of the Torah

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Every letter of the Written and Oral Torah transmitted through Moshe Rabbeinu was of Divine origin.

Maimonides #7 - Prophecy of Moses

Maimonides #7 - Prophecy of Moses

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The uniqueness of the Siniatic experience differentiates the Jewish faith from all others.

Maimonides #6 - Prophecy

Maimonides #6 - Prophecy

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Divine inspiration cannot provide a sufficient basis for an authoritative Torah.

Maimonides #5 - Service of God

Maimonides #5 - Service of God

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The roots of idolatry and free will.

Maimonides #4 - Creation Ex Nihilo

Maimonides #4 - Creation Ex Nihilo

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With this Principle, the Rambam parts company with Aristotle and describes a God who necessarily preceded Creation and is free to choose to create.

Maimonides #3 - God's Incorporeality

Maimonides #3 - God's Incorporeality

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If one believes that God is physical, inevitably he will feel capable of escaping Him.

Maimonides #2 - God's Unity

Maimonides #2 - God's Unity

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Pleasure and pain, joy and sorrow all have one Source.

Maimonides #1 - God as Creator

Maimonides #1 - God as Creator

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Why should an affirmation of God's absolute existence determine one's ability to fulfill Torah?

Faith and Faithfulness

Faith and Faithfulness

by Rabbi Mattisyahu Salomon, with Rabbi Yaakov Yosef Reinman

Personal trustworthiness is the foundation for faith in God. Why?