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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
Publish date: 12/25/2007, 19:42
 
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...  


The Question No One Can Answer - Chukat  
  The Question No One Can Answer - Chukat  
 
By Jacob Rupp
Publish date: 12/25/2007, 19:42
 
Many of us search for deeper meaning in today's career obsessed, fast paced, superficial realities. We hope to drive our lives in a direction...  


Tools of Success - Balak  
  Tools of Success - Balak  
 
By Jacob Rupp
Publish date: 12/25/2007, 19:42
 
What does it take to become great? Usually whatever we don’t have. We tell ourselves that if only we were a little smarter, taller...  


Tell the Hippies - Pinchas  
  Tell the Hippies - Pinchas  
 
By Jacob Rupp
Publish date: 12/25/2007, 19:42
 
Peace. The word brings to mind the colorful shirts of the sixties and the colorful language of the anti-war protestors...  


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