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The suffering of the righteous

In Genesis, Abraham challenges G-d on the grounds of justice. “Will the Judge of the entire earth not do justice” for the righteous in Sodom and Gomorrah?

Job says to G-d that he, Job, is one of the righteous, so why does he suffer?

Abraham is not punished for his brazen challenge to G-d. Job’s suffering, however, continues unabated alongside his brazen challenge to G-d.

What is the difference between Abraham and Job?


L’Chaim: To your health!

I CONSIDER myself a fairly educated person when it comes to medical issues. True, I am not a doctor, although I often make recommendations to my family and friends as if I had completed multiple residencies. But between personal experience and having been married to a doctor for over 30 years, I definitely have a leg up when it comes to diagnosing anything that ends with “itis,” my favorites being arthritis, bronchitis, colitis and gastritis. Health care coverage, which should be related to...
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Exile leaving exile

Reading the Torah on the weekly basis of Shabbat offers the opportunity to look at details of the text within that particular week’s Torah portion. Aside from each week’s portion often conveying a theme, each of the Five Books themselves also convey a theme. Take, for example, the book of Genesis, which we just completed. According to Rabbi Daniel Epstein, the central theme of this book could be summed up into one word: separations.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 07 January 2016 14:52 )

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Winter light

THE MAGIC of fairytales is alive and well here in New York. Oh, how I have always loved looking at the wondrous, illuminated winter windows of New York City. A friend and I met up on Fifth Avenue at Lord and Taylor. This year’s theme was “A Few Of Our Favorite Things.” Shimmering frosted white Victorian cuckoo clocks, an enormous gingerbread house held up by a legion of moving gingerbread cookies, the charm of Parisian sweet shops, a wintry mansion enveloped by gently falling snow, anima...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 07 January 2016 14:47 )

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Whose new year?

January 1, 2016 — who’s new year is it? I am reminded of the following story. Rabbi Yechezkel Abramsky was somewhat of a legendary figure for having exited a communist prison camp in 1931. Rabbi Abramsky was a great Talmudic scholar whose multivolume work on the Tosefta, a Talmudic work, is a classic. Therefore, certain Jewish circles around the world followed his communist imprisonment closely, somewhat akin to the widespread attention paid to Anatoly (later Natan) Sharansky’s imprison...
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