Rabbi Sessler D’var Torah

The Israeli World Champion Itay Arneliv is the beautiful Israeli. He is also an invincible human being. Itay, a strikingly handsome young man, grew up in the Israeli city of Petah Tikvah, and as an adolescent he also played for the local professional basketball team. In the army, Itay served...

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Rabbi Sessler D’var Torah

The Price of Hate Many of us have heard by now about last week’s Olympic farce, which occurred after Israeli judoka Or Sasson defeated in the second round his Egyptian counterpart Islam el Shehaby, en route to winning the bronze medal for Israel. It is customary in judo for the...

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Rabbi Sessler D’var Torah

Earning Things on Your Own Martha’s Vineyard is a gorgeous island, located just south of Cape Cod in Massachusetts. The island boasts great restaurants. In one of these restaurants, a seemingly regular high school student is currently manning the cashier and waiting tables during her summer vacation. For several weeks,...

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Rabbi Sessler D’var Torah

Being for Israel Our Torah reading this Shabbat includes a narration of the future allocation of different geographical locations in Israel for each of the twelve respective tribes of Israel. However, two of the tribes, Reuven and Ephraim, approach Moses with an usual and somewhat cheeky response. The heads of...

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Rabbi Sessler D’var Torah

A Quarter of a Century Later On Monday, August 2nd, the world will commemorate the 26th anniversary of Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait, which ultimately triggered the First Gulf War, historically known as Operation Desert Storm. Lamentably, within a historical perspective of just over a quarter of a century, we see...

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Rabbi Sessler D’var Torah

The Art of Spiritual Reading Like most of us, I became literate during grade school. In second or third grade, my mother started taking me to the local library, where I would choose the books that I wanted to take home and read. I used to read books in batches,...

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Rabbi Sessler D’var Torah

Tim Duncan: The Rabbi Akiva of NBA Basketball One of the best basketball players of all time, Tim Duncan of the San Antonio Spurs, announced his retirement last Monday, after 19 spectacular seasons. Duncan, arguably the best power forward of all time, holds some unique NBA records. He is the...

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Rabbi Sessler D’var Torah

Elie Wiesel: Mentor and Teacher of Generations Elie Wiesel was a soul on fire. The spiritual intensity of his Chassidic upbringing permeated and fashioned the core of his being. Like Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi, Wiesel was one of those rare and exceptional individuals who became living legends during their...

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Rabbi Sessler D’var Torah

Steven Spielberg’s Antisemitic Childhood Steven Spielberg is a living cinematic legend. He also carries with him to this day the scars of an antisemitic adolescence. When Spielberg was a teenager, his parents divorced, and Spielberg moved with his mother to San Jose. It was during his last year of high...

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Rabbi Sessler D’var Torah

The Torah of Lebron James Last Sunday, millions of people throughout the world watched the world-renowned basketball player LeBron James frying (Steph) Curry around dinner time, thereby winning Cleveland its first ever NBA championship. Over the years, LeBron alienated some people and became a controversial figure. Setting this aside, I...

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