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Matot-Masei: The Truth About Superman  
  Matot-Masei: The Truth About Superman  
 
By Jacob Rupp
Update date: 7/3/2021, 21:42
 
When “Superman Returns,” as he has in the summer blockbuster, he arrives in an era when heroism is dormant. Even more unusual...  


Pinchas: Tell It to the Hippies  
  Pinchas: Tell It to the Hippies  
 
By Jacob Rupp
Update date: 6/27/2021, 04:21
 
Peace. The word brings to mind the colorful shirts of the sixties and the colorful language of the anti-war protestors...  


Bamidbar: Learning to Receive  
  Bamidbar: Learning to Receive  
 
By Jacob Rupp
Update date: 5/8/2021, 20:48
 
I’ll never forget what my friend said the first time he learned Gemara: “I just got my Masters in bioengineering, but Yeshiva is far more...  


Behar-Bechukotai: Teaching the Children  
  Behar-Bechukotai: Teaching the Children  
 
By Jacob Rupp
Update date: 5/1/2021, 20:48
 
When I taught at an exclusive Hebrew school in Southern California, I asked my twelfth grade class from which country were we...  


Emor: Setting Our Standard  
  Emor: Setting Our Standard  
 
By Jacob Rupp
Update date: 4/24/2021, 21:32
 
Rather than setting our sights on mediocrity, we can dare to dream. The challenge is not reaching our destination; the challenge is to...  


Acharei Mot: Food Fit for a Prince  
  Acharei Mot: Food Fit for a Prince  
 
By Jacob Rupp
Update date: 4/17/2021, 21:54
 
In the same way that the son of a king is used to fine royal food and cannot stomach something repulsive, so too the land of Israel..  


Tazria-Metzora: Sticks and Stones  
  Tazria-Metzora: Sticks and Stones  
 
By Jacob Rupp
Update date: 4/10/2021, 21:04
 
'Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me'. If you believe that, I have a bridge to sell you...  


Shmini: The Sound of Silence  
  Shmini: The Sound of Silence  
 
By Jacob Rupp
Update date: 4/4/2021, 07:32
 
The lights twinkled off in the distant cold night as I stood under the “Emergency Room” sign. Ambulances would rumble up from time to time...  


Pekudei: Vote of Confidence  
  Pekudei: Vote of Confidence  
 
By Jacob Rupp
Update date: 3/13/2021, 19:33
 
The pavement was still warm from the hot day as the shadows grew in the approaching evening. Barefoot and dirty, with multiple band-aids across my...  


Ki Tisa: Drawing a Line in the Sand  
  Ki Tisa: Drawing a Line in the Sand  
 
By Jacob Rupp
Update date: 2/28/2021, 12:06
 
For the average young American ambiguity and uncertainly seem constant. For the last fifty-some years, the soldiers of pluralism, liberalism...  


Tetzaveh: Something Wicked  
  Tetzaveh: Something Wicked  
 
By Jacob Rupp
Update date: 2/21/2021, 07:58
 
Were they stupid? Who would start a fight against God Himself? And yet Amalek did just that...  


Terumah: Building a Dream Home  
  Terumah: Building a Dream Home  
 
By Jacob Rupp
Update date: 2/13/2021, 19:33
 
The entertainment industry has made millions selling the fabulous life of the American celebrity. Many shows report on the lifestyles...  


Mishpatim: Look Before You Leap...Right?  
  Mishpatim: Look Before You Leap...Right?  
 
By Jacob Rupp
Update date: 2/6/2021, 19:58
 
When we trust Hashem, we find that it was not wrong or foolish to blindly accept those mitzvot we had not yet learned. “Buyer Beware” does not apply here.  


Beshalach: Counting on a Miracle  
  Beshalach: Counting on a Miracle  
 
By Jacob Rupp
Update date: 1/23/2021, 19:23
 
Instead of looking online for miracles, let's reflect on the world around us rather than pass the day mindlessly in front of the boob-tube.  


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