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Do You Hear Me?

It makes sense to live life cautiously.  Rational thought precludes taking risks.  Reason suggests that we carefully weigh all options and avoid stepping onto any path whose outcome cannot be clearly seen.  This safe approach reduces the likelihood of wasting one’s time and money, or harming one’s health.  It certainly has merit. However, if the …

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Time for Happiness

Susan and I wish you all a Shana Tova U’Metuka, a sweet and wonderful year, as we celebrate Rosh HaShana, the head of the year 5774.  Our office and store will be closed as we observe this holyday starting this Wednesday evening and continuing through Saturday  8:30 p.m. Pacific Time. This week’s Ask the Rabbi …

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Blessing Basics

At 10am on Sunday morning, August 18, 1991, Salomon Brothers received a terrifying phone call from the United States Treasury.  The famous banking house was henceforth barred from bidding at Treasury auctions because of regulatory violations. This was a death penalty.  The news sped around the world drying up credit.  Salomon Brothers summoned bankruptcy lawyers …

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Can You Know Truth?

  Shalom, Are there tests/questions for some ideas/concepts to see if they are true? Toda Raba (thank you), Jonathan Click here to see Rabbi and Susan Lapin’s answer Do you have a question that you would like to Ask The Rabbi? click here 0

Water, Water, Everywhere

What is interesting about these cities?  Oslo, Paris, Rome, Stockholm, and Tokyo.  No, it’s not the alphabetic sequence; that’s just me being mischievous.  Here’s a clue:  Jerusalem is probably the only city that doesn’t fit that pattern.  What other great city older than two hundred years was not built on either a river or the …

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One and Only

It is no fun to be roped into a game whose rules are a bewildering mystery.  It’s positively painful to start a new job and discover that nobody’s in charge and lines of communication and authority are as temporary as jet contrails in a windy sky.  It’s rough on children to grow up amidst arbitrary …

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Defeating Despair

I want to express my heartfelt appreciation to all of you who so promptly and so generously responded to my appeal on Monday for help in sustaining the American Alliance of Jews and Christians.  (If you missed my letter, see it here: http://www.rabbidaniellapin.com/aajc/index.html) _______________________________________________________________ While serving the synagogue it was my privilege to establish in …

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