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Date Joined: June 11, 2009

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Searching For Silence

Author: Rabbi Simcha Weinberg

Category: Legal

I received the following article and do not know who wrote it, but it’s worthwhile I’m using it to prepare to listen to the sound of the Shofar: It’s high summer and we’re all out there seeing each other We’re nothidden away in our homes and offices as we are in winter’s cold...

Shofetim: Marathon Man

Author: Rabbi Simcha Weinberg

Category: Legal

Awhile he holds some false way, undebarr’dBy thwarting signs, and bravesThe freshening wind and blackening wavesAnd then the tempest strikes him; and betweenThe lightning bursts is seenOnly a driving wreck,And the pale master on his spar-strew-deckWith anguish’d face and flying haiGrasping the rudder hard,Still bent to make some port he knows not where,Still standing for some false, impossible shoreMatthew Arnold“A Summer Night”We walk together almost every morning...

Stuck in a Role

Author: Rabbi Simcha Weinberg

Category: Recreation

She listens carefully to many lectures on prayer, and prays according to her notes, but she finds that her prayers remain unansweredHe writes down everything he learns about being a good husband, makes lists of all the things a husband must do, and still is unable to make his wife happy with himHe observes all the laws with a firm belief in a concept that has been drilled into his head; “External practice will change you internally,” and yet has not experienced any internal change...

The Manichaean Candidate

Author: Rabbi Simcha Weinberg

Category: Finances

No, it is not a typo or spelling mistake The Manichaeans, (the original faith embraced by Augustine), the Cathars (from where we derive “catharsis”) and the Bogomils (from where we derive “bugger”) were early dualist faiths They believed that there were, in fact, two sources of divine power in the cosmos, one good and one evil...

The Strength of Arguing

Author: Rabbi Simcha Weinberg

Category: Religion

The Anshei Knesset HaGedolah conclude the first Mishna in Avot by teaching, “Strengthen your Torah through constant discussion” (Chassid Ya’avetz, who does not believe that the Mishna teaches us to “Make a fence around the Torah”)Who were these people...

Location, Location, Location!

Author: Rabbi Simcha Weinberg

Category: Travel

I returned to Van Cortland Park today for the first time since the winter began A four and half mile walk is, well, a walk in the park compared to an hour on a treadmill (On My Terms) It’s not simply that I can fool myself into believing that I burned more calories when there is no monitor measuring my progress...

Where’s Moshe?

Author: Rabbi Simcha Weinberg

Category: Travel

In December 1974 the Austrian economist Friedrich August von Hayek received one of the first Nobel Prizes in economics Hayek titled his speech “The Pretence of Knowledge” Concluding his speech, he warned, “If man is not to do more harm than good in his efforts to improve the social order, he will have to learn that in this, as in all other fields where essential complexity of an organized level prevails, he cannot acquire the full knowledge which would make mastery of the events possible...

Highs & Lows: From the Diary of a Former Slave

Author: Rabbi Simcha Weinberg

Category: Wellness, Fitness and Diet

It’s very difficult to keep a diary while moving so much and so quickly So much has happened since I last wrote in you that I haven’t been able to update you Sorry...

Choosing Not to See

Author: Rabbi Simcha Weinberg

Category: Relationships

I was trying to turn right and was waiting for people to finish crossing the street I considered forcing my way through, after all, it was New York City, but there was a policeman at the corner attempting to direct traffic Some drivers and pedestrians obeyed his hand signals...

Living on the Edge

Author: Rabbi Simcha Weinberg

Category: Business

Standing on the corner of 95th and Broadway, I had a perfect opportunity to observe peoples’ faces I love the fact that New York provides a glimpse of people from all over the world I tried counting how many different countries were represented by the people climbing up from the subway, when I noticed that no matter where these people came from, they had assumed the New York Face: no one was smiling...

Fifty Gates

Author: Rabbi Simcha Weinberg

Category: Business

I turned 50 years old last night, the fourth night of Chanukah Debbie had presented me with a list of extravagant gluten-free desserts and offered to make the one of my choiceHaving difficulty with decisions regarding Debbie’s treats, I told her that for such an important birthday, it would only be proper for her to make all of the desserts offered...

Evil Exposed at Its Highest

Author: Rabbi Simcha Weinberg

Category: Religion

We have left many questions unanswered in The Future, The Mouth, Back To The Garden and The Informant A few people mentioned that they are frustrated when I leave unanswered questions, and end a post with To Be Continued I apologize...

Job Descriptions

Author: Rabbi Simcha Weinberg

Category: Parenting

The Sages teach us that the Egyptians gave everyone jobs at which they were not skilled in order to increase their frustration and prevent them from having any sense of accomplishment How did the Sages knowThe Foundation Stone™ did some serious research on this issue and found an interesting article from the Egyptian News Pyramid...

Does God Love You?

Author: Rabbi Simcha Weinberg

Category: Religion

I love asking people if they feel that God loves them Most respond, "Yes" I then ask the more challenging question: "How do you know...

My Problem With Globalization

Author: Rabbi Simcha Weinberg

Category: Wellness, Fitness and Diet

The problem occurs at this point: I must recite a second blessing after “Who creates fruit of the trees”: “Shehechiyanu”: The blessing we recite over a new fruit The problem, specifically because of globalization is this:The fruit on the left is a Noni Just a glance at this fruit and its flowers and buds catches my attention, even before I consider its taste...

Rosh Hashana: Shades of Light

Author: Rabbi Simcha Weinberg

Category: Culture

It was pitch black when I arrived in the park this morning for my daily walk Each park bench was occupied by a homeless person Skunks were rifling through the garbage cans...

Something to Explain

Author: Rabbi Simcha Weinberg

Category: Parenting

I was putting the final touches on my first Yom Kippur sermon in my new synagogue I wanted to begin with an acknowledgment that I hurt people even though I had only been there for a month or two, and I wanted people to learn to ask for forgiveness I was writing, “Request for Mechilah – forgiveness – on my notes and the phone rang...

Succot Contradictions

Author: Rabbi Simcha Weinberg

Category: Home Management

I love water I love the ocean I love waterfalls I love to go whitewater rafting...

 
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