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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.

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.

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?

Beyond the Matrix

Beyond the Matrix

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Explore a number of meaningful issues raised by the film The Matrix.

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?

Whose Abraham?

Whose Abraham?

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An interfaith superstar?

Professors Who See No Evil

Professors Who See No Evil

by John Leo

Most college students are being taught that there is no truth, removing debate from the modern campus. The result? Intolerance and closed-mindedness.

Sukkot and the War against Terror

Sukkot and the War against Terror

by Yonason Goldson

The ideological battle over genuine security and strength.

A Genuine Article of Faith

A Genuine Article of Faith

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What makes a drawing a Michelangelo? And what makes a religion Divine?

World of Love #8 - Physical-Spiritual Unity

World of Love #8 - Physical-Spiritual Unity

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The greatest satisfaction is accomplishing in a world where God is hidden.

World of Love #7 - The Possibility of Evil

World of Love #7 - The Possibility of Evil

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God may make it difficult for us to approach Him in order to increase our eventual reward.

World of Love #6 - Doing Good Unto Others

World of Love #6 - Doing Good Unto Others

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Doing good unto others is a key component of spiritual health.

World of Love #5 - Closeness to God

World of Love #5 - Closeness to God

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The existence of good and evil allows man to make the right choice, and merit greater closeness to God.

World of Love #4 - Glow of Accomplishment

World of Love #4 - Glow of Accomplishment

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One of the highest human pleasures is that of accomplishment -- completing a job well done.

World of Love #3 - Uniqueness of Mankind

World of Love #3 - Uniqueness of Mankind

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The gift of a Divine soul separates man from the rest of God's creatures.

World of Love #2 - Perceiving the Infinite

World of Love #2 - Perceiving the Infinite

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What ultimate good does God offer His creations? Our ability to connect to Him.

World of Love #1 - Purpose of Creation

World of Love #1 - Purpose of Creation

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God's motivation for creating the world sheds light on our own life goals.

Faith and the Mideast Problem

Faith and the Mideast Problem

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All leaders draw their power from faith. The only question is where that faith is directed. In times of national crisis, that decision is critically important.

Capital-R Reality

Capital-R Reality

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We are witnessing events that shake us and cause a seismic shift in perception. Attaining clarity of what it all means is our goal on Yom Kippur.

Suddenly Sinai

Suddenly Sinai

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With Palestinian propaganda aimed at severing the Jewish Biblical connection to the Holy Land, the revelation at Mount Sinai has suddenly been thrust into the spotlight.

Trusting God

Trusting God

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When reading reports of hair-raising cruelty, trusting God means knowing that the answers to why Israel is under attack are there, even if they are not obvious at the moment.

It's So Hard!

It's So Hard!

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It's today's mantra. But there are times when even super-human effort isn't hard. How do we get over that hurdle?

Nike and the Purpose of Life

Nike and the Purpose of Life

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What is the purpose of existence? Let's first answer: What is the purpose of the Nike shoe factory?

Confessions of a Creationist

Confessions of a Creationist

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I always thought creationists were Bible-belt fundamentalists. Denying evolution would put me on their side, and jeopardize my self-image as an East coast Jewish intellectual...

Seven Wonders of Jewish History (audio)

Seven Wonders of Jewish History (audio)

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Explore 7 remarkable milestones of Jewish history that defy historical patterns and fulfill ancient prophecies.

The Design Argument

The Design Argument

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Does the intricate design of the universe serve as evidence for the existence of God?

Seeing the Elephant

Seeing the Elephant

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It's natural to protect ourselves from information we perceive as threatening. But it can be a big monkey wrench in seeing the elephant and recognizing God.