Does Prayer Heal?

Scientists are discovering what believers have always known It was during residency training at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, Texas, when I had my first patient with terminal cancer in both lungs. I advised him on what therapy was available and what little I thought it would

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Choose Life

An introduction to the Torah, the Jewish guide to living. “I call heaven and earth to witness on you this day, that I have set before you life and death… choose life that you may live…” (Deuteronomy 30:19) Where do you go to seek answers about life?

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Jewish Nobel Winners

Author: JEWISH NOBEL WINNERS 0.2% OF WORLD POPULATION 14.1 Million Jews Literature 1910 – Paul Heyse1927 – Henri Bergson1958 – Boris Pasternak1966 – Shmuel Yosef Agnon1966 – Nelly Sachs1976 – Saul Bellow1978 – Isaac Bashevis Singer1981 – Elias Canetti1987 – Joseph Brodsky1991 – Nadine Gordimer World Peace

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Concerning the Jews

The closing paragraphs are famous, but few have read Mark Twain’s complete article. It’s long but fascinating. Print and read. Harper’s Magazine, March, 1898 Some months ago I published a magazine article descriptive of a remarkable scene in the Imperial Parliament in Vienna. Since then I have

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Proofs Handbook

Table of Contents Topic                                                                             Page__ The First Premise Evidence Versus Faith                                                                               2 National Revelation How Do We Know the Torah is True??                                                    4 Man or God? Psychological Evidence                                                                             10 Can a Rational Person Believe that God Spoke at Sinai                           20 Science Inquires Torah and Science; FAQ                                                                          

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Question On Mass Revelation

Hi Rabbi, I had a question about the Mass Revelation argument.In the Gospel of Mathew, he writes that Jesus was publicly executed, at which point the parochet ripped down the middle from top to bottom, darknessfell over the entire land, a rock-shattering earthquake occurred and thedead rose from

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What Was Korach Denying?

Rav Yaakov Weinberg zt”l would say the following thoughts in a shmues virtually every year (during a certain tekufa) on Parshas Korach. He would also mention these ideas quite often in chaburas as well.He felt that they were extremely fundamental. There was one particular year when he

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Historical Proof

In order to examine the claimed national revelation at Mt. Sinai, we need to establish clear principles of history. How can we know that any claimed historical event actually occurred? What is the difference, in other words, between what we all relate to as history (i.e. true

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Historical Proof Prepartion

1. Read the following sources: Exodus chap 19, 20 (all) (with Rashi on 19:9,10), Deut. 4:25-39 Deuteronomy 4:9-13, 5:1-4, 5:19-30, 6:20-22,7:17-19, 8:1-3, 8:11-16, 10:21, 11:1- 8, 29:1-8 Deuteronomy 13:2-6, 18:15-22 Kuzari – selected sections Rambam – Ch. 8 (also 7, 9, and 10 if time) Yesodei haTorah Intro.

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History and Legends

Let’s begin with a story: There was once a Chassidic Rebbe who was the head of a large community. He had three different sons, one who was the eldest, another the biggest scholar, and the third the most charismatic. Everyone always understood that whenever the Rebbe would

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Ontological Proof of G-d

Part I: Classical Presentation Thesis: Since we are able to conceive of and discuss the concept of a perfect, infinite G-d, He must exist. Premise: Human beings can only conceive of or discuss something if they have had either direct experience with it, or with its component parts. In

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UN Story

1. Empirical evidence refers to evidence that is so clear as to be self-evident. Is it possible for there to be an Empirical Proof for G-d – ie., this type of empirically clear evidence for G-d’s existence? The Rosh HaYeshiva explains that if a person would actually

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Does Prayer Heal?

Author: Scientists are discovering what believers have always known It was during residency training at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, Texas, when I had my first patient with terminal cancer in both lungs. I advised him on what therapy was available and what little I thought it

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Power of Prayer in Medicine

Author: Jeanie Davis People Who Are Prayed for Fare Better Nov. 6, 2001 — Here’s more evidence that — in medicine, as in all of life — prayer seems to work in mysterious ways. In one recent study, women at an in vitro fertilization clinic had higher

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The Moral Diet

Author: David Brooks In the 1970s, the gift shop at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts was an informal affair. It was staffed by about 300 mostly elderly volunteers, and there were cash drawers instead of registers. The problem was that of the shop’s $400,000 in

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The Destruction of Shechem: Is Killing Ever Kosher?

Breishit 29  The Destruction of Shechem: Is Killing Ever Kosher? (Ch. 34) Two years ago, after many months of Palestinian violence, the Israeli army invaded Jenin, a center of terrorism in the West Bank. The world was outraged—Israel going after terrorists in a crowded refugee camp would be sure

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