"O L-RD, Who are my power and my strength and my refuge in the day of trouble, to You nations will come from the ends of the earth and say, 'Only lies have our fathers handed down to us, emptiness in which there is nothing of any avail! Can a man make gods for himself, and they are no gods? 'Therefore, behold I let them know; at this time I will let them know My power and My might, and they shall know that My Name is the L-RD".
Jeremiah 16:19-21

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In the Beginning G-d Created Differences…

August 28, 2012

  By Rabbi Aron Tendler Bereishis  In the beginning G-d created differences, separation, and the possibility of conflict. In the beginning, G-d created goodness, freewill, a serpent, and the possibility of sin. In the beginning G-d seemed to have set us up for the distinct possibility of failure. This notion of “being set up” by […]

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Serpents of Desire – Garden of Eden

January 8, 2012

Beyond the Lullaby Effect: Reading the Bible with open eyes. by Rabbi David Fohrman MORE ARTICLES   Adam, Eve and the Elephant in the Room – Serpents of Desire, Part 1 by Rabbi David FohrmanWhy would God want to withhold a knowledge of good and evil from us?   A Tale of Two Trees – Serpents of […]

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Judaism in a Nutshell – GOD

January 8, 2012

This booklet is quite outstanding and simple reading, as always with Judaism it makes absolute sense. Highly recommended.  Shimon Apisdorf is an award-winning author whose books have been read by hundreds of thousands of people around the world. He has gained a world-wide reputation for his ability to extract the essence of classical Jewish wisdom and […]

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Q & A Noahide vs. Torah Law

August 21, 2011

by Moshe Ben-Chaim   Doug: During a session today of my class on Fundamentals of Torah for Non- Jews, one of the participants asked about the verse in Genesis to be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth and subdue it, etc. This person wondered about that as a commandment. My understanding from Rabbi Chait is that […]

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An Ark of Our Own

June 13, 2011

By Yeruchem Eilfort This week’s portion is titled Noah, and is named after the famed builder of the ark. It is during this portion that we learn of the cataclysmic flood that destroyed life, save that of Noah, his family, and the animals he brought on board with him. The Torah explains why this dramatic act was needed. Humankind […]

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Serpents of Desire: The Dark Side of Paradise – Part Three

June 12, 2011

The Mystery of the walking, talking snake. The Bible is laden with conflicts between characters who exemplify good and evil. And while our sympathies may lie with the character who aligns himself with the “good,” he or she is not always the center of the story. Consider, as an example, the narrative of Cain and […]

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Serpents of Desire: A Tale of Two Trees – Part Two

June 12, 2011

Mankind’s undetermined nature, perched precariously between mortality and immortality. by Rabbi David Fohrman Until now, we’ve concentrated on the mysterious “Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.” But there was more than one special tree in the garden. For God also created a second, mysterious tree in Paradise — the Tree of Life:   God made […]

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Serpents of Desire: Adam and Eve and the Elephant in the Room – Part One

June 12, 2011

Why would God want to withhold a knowledge of good and evil from us? by Rabbi David Fohrman Okay, you’ve taken some time to re-read the story of Adam, Eve and the Snake. Hopefully, you’ve read it with fresh eyes, and asked yourself that very basic of questions: “What is strange about this picture?” Before getting to […]

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The Seven Noahide Instructions

May 13, 2011

What are the Noahide Laws and where does it say that the 7 Noahide Laws are for all nations? The definitive answer to the question is that when G-d told Moses to record the Noahide Laws and the story of Noah in the first book of the Torah, He commanded that these laws should be […]

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The Magnificent Seven – Noahide Laws

May 13, 2011

Alan W. Cecil The Seven Laws of Noah are, at their basic level, the most uncomplicated and straightforward religious concept known. No idolatry, no blasphemy, no murder, no stealing, no illicit sex (hold marriage between a man and a woman sacrosanct), do not eat the limb of the living (be kind to animals), and create […]

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The Seven Laws Revealed in Genesis

May 7, 2011

  by Rachav In response to a frequently asked question about where in the Torah we can find the Seven Noahide Laws, I have prepared this short list it is by no means exhaustive. The Seven Noahide Laws are  found in the book of Genesis, but they are found in their transgression, not as specific commandments. In […]

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