Rabbi Sessler D’var Torah

Wisdom and Knowledge Shimon Peres, from whom we parted earlier this week, never graduated college. Peres did spend about a year in the United States, taking courses at Harvard University and NYU during the early 1950’s, but he never earned enough course credits in order to complete and earn his B.A. Peres was simply too […]

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Rabbi Sessler D’var Torah

  The Kabbalah of Freddie Mercury When I was in high school I used to play in a rock band. I played bass guitar, and we mostly played popular songs of leading rock bands such as Guns and Roses, Metallica and Queen. I was reminded of all this last Monday, when I read about the […]

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Rabbi Sessler D’var Torah

The Invincibility of the Jewish Spirit Israel Crystal is the oldest man in the world. He is also a Holocaust survivor, and lives in the Israeli coastal city of Haifa. When Mr. Crystal was 13 years old, World War One was raging all over Europe, and his father was forcibly conscripted to the Russian Army. […]

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Rabbi Sessler D’var Torah

The New iPhone 7S: A Jewish Spiritual Perspective On Wednesday, in an exciting press conference in downtown San Francisco, Apple introduced to the world some of its new, exciting and innovative products, including the new iPhone 7s. The new iPhone 7s has some new and exciting features. It has two cameras, rather than just one. […]

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Rabbi Sessler D’var Torah

Jewish Genius in the 21st Century The historian Jacob Talmon defined the Jewish people as ”Agents of change”. Throughout the course of human civilization, Jews revolutionized the ways in which humanity understands itself, and its place in the surrounding universe. From Abraham who smashed the false religious idols of his time, to Moses who led […]

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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 as an officer in an […]

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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 athletes to respectfully bow to […]

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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, her work colleagues noticed nothing […]

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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 these two tribes ask permission […]

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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 that the situation in Iraq […]

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