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Unicorns Are Real. You're Looking at One

Question of the Week:

Do we believe in unicorns? I once heard the Torah says they really do exist....

Answer:

Yes we do. I have seen one. And I bet you have too.

The Torah relates that the Israelites made a Mishkan, a portable Temple in the desert. G-d instructed them to make the outer walls out of the skin of a mysterious animal called a Tachash.

Our sages described the Tachash as a desert animal with a stunning multi-coloured hide and one horn in the middle of its head. The Tachash suddenly appeared when the Mishkan was being built, then disappeared without a trace, never to be seen again.

There is a powerful message behind this enchanting little episode. The building of the Temple is a symbol of our life mission, to… Read More »

A Precious Loneliness

 

Question of the Week:

I know everything happens for a reason, but I am struggling to understand this. For the last three weeks I have been very sick with the flu. It has kept me from my many activities, not the least being my weekly mitzvot that I do. I usually attend shul every Shabbat. Missed that. I visit the retirement home to bring some cheer to the residents. Missed that. An old acquaintance passed away, and I missed the funeral. And I can't look after my grandchild as I am contagious. Please understand I am not complaining (well, maybe a little) but I am trying to understand what G-d wants me to learn from this. Why would He stop me from… Read More »

Could Chocolate be the Secret of Faith?

Question of the Week:

I envy you. You have faith. I can see how people with faith have clarity and strength that others don't, especially in hard times. I don't have that strength and I want some of it. Is there a quick fix for faith?

Answer:

There is a quick fix for faith. You should eat a piece of chocolate every day. Seriously.

This is an ancient Jewish remedy for strengthening faith. It is a pity so few people know about it, because if they did, their lives would be so much better. And it really isn't so hard. Just eat a piece of chocolate.

But before you eat the chocolate, you should say the blessing on chocolate. It goes like this:

"Blessed are you Lord our G-d, King of the Universe, for everything exists by… Read More »

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