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Purim: Life is Unpredictable

By Rabbi Mordechai Levin

Sometimes things work out completely different than what we might have expected or feared. We worry about certain things that might occur in the future, but they never happen. We hope for good things and our expectations are not met. Life’s unpredictability is one of the … More

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How Much Do We Really Need?

By Rabbi Mordechai Levin

Ambition can be viewed from different perspectives. On one hand, ambition motivates us to eventually reach our goals. But on the other hand, ambition for the sake of ambition can be a negative, and may drive people to the dark corners of jealousy, dishonesty, and even … More

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To Enjoy Every Day

By Rabbi Mordechai Levin

Do you remember that a few years ago the Interstate 35W bridge collapsed into the Mississippi River? News agencies reported the following about one of the survivors, Marcelo Cruz, who saved his life a second time.

Some years before, police covered him with a tarp, believing … More

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How Does One Attain Happiness?

By Rabbi Mordechai Levin

There are many books about happiness, but no simple or easy recipes to attain it. Can happiness by found in money, pursuit of honor, buying material things, gambling, food, etc? Is it possible that some people are searching for happiness in the wrong places?

In his … More

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What to Remember and What to Forget

By Rabbi Mordechai Levin

Researchers at the University of California identified three people in the world who have a powerful autobiographical memory, a condition called hyperthymestic syndrome, from the Greek words for excessive (hyper) and remembering (thymesis). These people can remember what they did and what happened every day of … More

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Giving the Benefit of the Doubt

By Rabbi Mordechai Levin

We would all like others to give us the benefit of the doubt; however, we sometimes find it difficult to do the same for them.

If someone fails to show up for an appointment, we assume she just did not care. But perhaps her absence was … More

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Israel Independence Day: We Were As Dreamers

By Rabbi Mordechai Levin

The Declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel begins with these words: “The Land of Israel was the birthplace of the Jewish people. Here their spiritual, religious, and national identity was formed. Here they achieved independence and created a culture of national and universal … More

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Keep Your Tongue from Evil

By Rabbi Mordechai Levin

In the town of Zippori in the heart of the Lower Galilee , a street peddler was heard, crying out, “Who wishes to buy the elixir of life?” (Vayikra Rabba 16:2). Rabbi Yannai (3rd Century) was sitting in his academy studying when he heard the peddler’s … More

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What Judaism Can Teach Us

By Rabbi Mordechai Levin

Judaism is the religion of ethical monotheism, a system of religious beliefs and practices, and the evolving religious civilization of the Jewish people, which highlights the belief in God, the observance of the commandments, the study of Torah and the importance of community.

It can give … More

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Loving Others

By Rabbi Mordechai Levin

Western civilization has adopted several teachings and moral values of Judaism, but many people are not aware of it.

Many people believe that “love your neighbor as yourself” was first said by Jesus, not realizing that he was simply quoting the Hebrew Bible (Leviticus 19:18), written … More

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Rabbi Levin is the rabbi of Congregation Beth Israel in Munster, IN. He received his rabbinic ordination from the Latin American Rabbinical Seminary, and is a member of the Rabbinical Assembly. In 2010, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City for his years of dedicated service to the Conservative movement and the Jewish community...Full bio

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