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Silence the Violence: Parshas Vayeshev

December 13, 2022 by Lazer Brody - Leave a Comment

Sometimes killing is justified, as in self-defense. But, when a person becomes accustomed to killing, he or she is likely to kill when it's not at all justified. Our forefather Jacob didn't want anything to do with anger and violence. His two sons Simon and Levi think… [Read more...]

Parshas Vayishlach: Who Are Those Women?

December 6, 2022 by Lazer Brody - Leave a Comment

Esau and Jacob meet after years of estrangement. In this dramatic confrontation, the first thing Esau does is to stare at Jacob's wives. We learn here the huge difference between Esau's and Jacob's attitude toward women. The same difference continues today in the opposing attitudes of modern… [Read more...]

Live It to Give It

July 18, 2022 by Lazer Brody - Leave a Comment

Education is not preaching – it's personal example. A child's innate sense of justice cannot stand hypocrisy and inconsistency. A parent who preaches one thing yet practices otherwise is guaranteed to obtain the opposite results. In simple English, if you live it, you can give… [Read more...]

Emuna and the Four Sons

April 13, 2022 by Lazer Brody - Leave a Comment

The account of the four sons in the Passover Haggadah is like a kaleidoscope where we see how four general types of people relate to emuna. What's more, we learn about four facets that are in each of us. As such, the Passover Seder and the story of the Exodus are as relevant today as they were… [Read more...]

Chassidic Pearls: A Taste of My Ukraine

March 28, 2022 by Lazer Brody - Leave a Comment

Sure, Jewish history in the Ukraine is bittersweet. On the bitter side, there are the murderers Khmelnitsky and Gonta. On the sweet side, there are the Baal Shem Tov, Rebbe Nachman and our grandparents. That sweetness permeates the pages of "Chassidic… [Read more...]

Megilla, 2022: Understanding the Madness

March 10, 2022 by Lazer Brody - Leave a Comment

We are now in the birth pangs of Redemption, or Geula. Today's events are simply pieces of the Geula puzzle. Meanwhile, everything is unfolding just as the Torah, Midrash, Zohar and Gemara told us they would. This is the Megilla of today, the story of Hashem setting the stage for… [Read more...]

Just Another Animal?

February 28, 2022 by Lazer Brody - Leave a Comment

Is a human any better than an animal? Animals eat, drink, and procreate. Many do productive tasks on farms and ranches. They also are a source of recreational enjoyment to their owners. So how is a human superior? Look at the… [Read more...]

Appreciation

February 2, 2022 by Lazer Brody - Leave a Comment

Appreciation is life's most important character trait. Those who appreciate open their eyes to the world around them. They readily express gratitude, for gratitude is the fruit of appreciation. Spiritually-open eyes and expressing gratitude enable an individual to… [Read more...]

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