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KORACH

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Apparently there were influential sections of the Jewish people that found it difficult to have a proper relationship with their leader Moshe. The minimalist Jews – the eiruv rav - couldnot get enough of Moshe. They constantly needed him and his presence and when they felt that he was absent, and perhaps would not return, they substituted a golden calf in his stead. This week we read of great and learned Jews, led by Korach, that felt that they had too much of Moshe in their lives. They wanted the bonds of his leadership over them to be loosened if not even completely dismantled. We saw in last week's parsha that even his beloved and holy sister and brother found it difficult to come...

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CAUSE AND EFFECT

Sunday, June 26, 2016

An article entitled: “What’s wrong with Conservative Judaism?” appeared in a recent issue of the Jerusalem Report magazine. This article was authored by Myron M. Fenster, the Rabbi Emeritus of the Shelter Rock Jewish Center of Roslyn, New York, a leading Conservative congregation. As the title of the article indicates, the movement is in trouble due to a dramatic decrease in its number of synagogues and also in its general membership. It is especially disturbing in light of the fact that in the middle of the last century the movement was supposed to be the vanguard and future of American Jewry and was so regarded then by all of the experts on the Jewish community. Orthodoxy was...

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