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God Has Left The Building

God Has Left The Building

Without Googling, where would you say the world’s largest Passover seder is frequently held? Jerusalem? Florida? Brooklyn? Try Kathmandu, Nepal –  because of all of the Jewish tourists to the East seeking new spiritual experiences. There is a reason why Jeffery Miller became Lama Surya Das, why Dr. Richard Alpert became Ram Dass, and why both the late Adam MCA Yauch of Beastie Boys and Leonard […]

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God Won’t Forgive You

God Won’t Forgive You

Today is Erev Yom HaKippurim  the day before the Day of Atonement on the Jewish calendar. Its essentially Gods last call for Jews looking to touch base with whom theyve wronged in the past year and make it right before they officially begin to atone to God for their misdeeds against Him. Theres one notion in Judaism that sets it apart from many other faiths and […]

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Jewish Prayer In Your Native Tongue

Jewish Prayer In Your Native Tongue

“What The Heck Am I Praying?” Many people have emailed me with tons of questions about becoming more Jewishly observant, but when I ask them about their Jewish communal life, they tense up — “I haven’t visited one.” “What do you mean you haven’t visited a Jewish community? You’re wanting to convert without a community?” “I’m scared.” “Scared of what? Don’t worry — the old […]

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Treating “Kavanah Deficit Disorder”: Praying With Your Kishkes

Treating “Kavanah Deficit Disorder”: Praying With Your Kishkes

The Fight For Focus The second hand of a clock ticks from the next room. Under normal conditions, I don’t even notice it. It blends into the tapestry that is the noise of midtown. As I attempt to read on in my book, it feels like someone is slowly turning up the volume knob on this incessant ticking. My focus begins to disengage from the […]

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The Importance of Making Final Arrangements

The Importance of Making Final Arrangements

Many people do not see making final arrangements as a very important thing to, as they may be younger or healthy. Still, tomorrow is not promised to anyone, thus making planning for what occurs following one’s demise important no matter one’s age or health condition.

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VIDEO: What The Heck Is A Mezuzah?

VIDEO: What The Heck Is A Mezuzah?

What are those little rectangular boxes you see on the door frames of Jewish homes? Are they mezuzahs? Not technically…but…we’ll get to that.  

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VIDEO: Parashat Mikeitz — Rededication

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VIDEO: Parashat Vayeshev — Making The Best of It

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VIDEO: Parashat Vayishlach – The Spiritual Pick & Roll – 5776

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VIDEO: Outside The Box Spirituality

What kind of Jew is Ken? You’re about to find out!

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