19 Tamuz 5775 / Monday, July 06, 2015 | Torah Reading: Pinchas
 
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Becoming One - Yitro  
  Becoming One - Yitro  
 
By Jacob Rupp
Publish date: 12/25/2007, 19:42
 
There is no union more beautiful or intimate than that which occurred at the base of Mt. Sinai. Rabbi Wolbe describes the giving of the Torah as the greatest...  


Look Before You Leap..Right? - Mishpatim  
  Look Before You Leap..Right? - Mishpatim  
 
By Jacob Rupp
Publish date: 12/25/2007, 19:42
 
The thing I miss the most about America, besides my family of course, is Costco. If Israel had a superstore that sold...  


Building a Dream Home - Teruma  
  Building a Dream Home - Teruma  
 
By Jacob Rupp
Update date: 2/14/2015, 20:37
 
The entertainment industry has made millions selling the fabulous life of the American celebrity. Many shows report on the lifestyles...  


Something Wicked - Tetzaveh  
  Something Wicked - Tetzaveh  
 
By Jacob Rupp
Publish date: 12/25/2007, 19:42
 
It’s obvious that mitzvot make us better, more sensitive and kind people. We are obligated to welcome the stranger, visit the sick, and rejoice with the...  


Drawing a Line in the Sand - Ki Tisa  
  Drawing a Line in the Sand - Ki Tisa  
 
By Jacob Rupp
Update date: 2/28/2015, 19:30
 
For the average young American ambiguity and uncertainly seem constant. For the last fifty-some years, the soldiers of pluralism, liberalism...  


Vote of Confidence - Vayakhel Pekudei  
  Vote of Confidence - Vayakhel Pekudei  
 
By Jacob Rupp
Publish date: 12/25/2007, 19:42
 
The pavement was still warm from the hot day as the shadows grew in the approaching evening. Barefoot and dirty, with multiple band-aids across my...  


Get Up! Stand Up! - Vayikra  
  Get Up! Stand Up! - Vayikra  
 
By Jacob Rupp
Publish date: 12/25/2007, 19:42
 
Of the 613 mitzvot that appear in the Torah, 246 of them appear in Vayikra, the book of Leviticus. Many of these mitzvot deal with...  


More Animal Than a Man - Tzav  
  More Animal Than a Man - Tzav  
 
By Jacob Rupp
Publish date: 12/25/2007, 19:42
 
Every story has its beginning. Mine started on a sunny Sunday morning in the university's dining hall. My buddy and I were embarking on our...  


The Sound of Silence - Shemini  
  The Sound of Silence - Shemini  
 
By Jacob Rupp
Publish date: 12/25/2007, 19:42
 
The lights twinkled off in the distant cold night as I stood under the “Emergency Room” sign. Ambulances would rumble up from time to time...  


Sticks and Stones - Tazria Metzora  
  Sticks and Stones - Tazria Metzora  
 
By Jacob Rupp
Publish date: 12/25/2007, 19:42
 
'Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me'. If you believe that, I have a bridge to sell you...  


Food Fit for a Prince - Acharei Mot  
  Food Fit for a Prince - Acharei Mot  
 
By Jacob Rupp
Publish date: 12/25/2007, 19:42
 
In the same way that the son of a king is used to fine royal food and cannot stomach something repulsive, so too the land of Israel..  


Setting Our Standard - Emor  
  Setting Our Standard - Emor  
 
By Jacob Rupp
Publish date: 12/25/2007, 19:42
 
Rather than setting our sights on mediocrity, we can dare to dream. The challenge is not reaching our destination; the challenge is to...  


Teaching the Children - Behar Bechukotai  
  Teaching the Children - Behar Bechukotai  
 
By Jacob Rupp
Publish date: 12/25/2007, 19:42
 
When I taught at an exclusive Hebrew school in Southern California, I asked my twelfth grade class from which country were we...  


Learning to Recieve - Bamidbar  
  Learning to Recieve - Bamidbar  
 
By Jacob Rupp
Publish date: 12/25/2007, 19:42
 
I’ll never forget what my friend said the first time he learned Gemara: “I just got my Masters in bioengineering, but Yeshiva is far more...  


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