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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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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