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The Shmuz: Not the America I grew up in

The weekly Shmuz for Lech Lecha is after the viral America video and is titled Gedolim were human., 11/11/2016, 6:41 AM

The extent of Hashem’s mercy

The Schmuz for Shabbat Shuva., 10/6/2016, 12:46 PM

The shmuz on Ki Tavo

Powerful forces of growth., 9/21/2016, 6:51 PM

Re'eh: Consumerism and the overspent generation

Spending has become the vehicle to establish social position., 8/31/2016, 1:53 PM

Shmuz on the parsha: Your gashmius is my ruchnius

The way that Hashem shows Himself in this world is through giving. When man gives to others, he is acting as Hashem does. There can be nothing holier., 5/17/2016, 7:29 AM

The shmuz on the parsha: Trinkets

Did Rachel really care about getting presents from her intended?, 11/19/2015, 10:20 AM

The Shmuz for Ki Tavo: Using Visualizations

How Torah can be new forever., 9/3/2015, 9:51 AM

The Shmuz on Ekev: Limiting Beliefs

Do we limit ourselves out of habit?, 8/6/2015, 7:21 AM

The Shmuz on the Parsha: Yitro

The astonishing potential of Man., 2/5/2015, 8:12 AM

Parshat Bo: I'm Never Wrong

A quirk of human nature., 1/22/2015, 8:56 AM

The Shmuz on the Parsha: Relying on Hashem

Maybe Jacob was just scared., 12/4/2014, 11:59 AM

The Shmuz on Noach: Believing and not believing

Hashem could have miraculously saved him without Noach having to become a carpenter., 10/23/2014, 10:05 AM

Earning a Living

Earning a living doesn’t have to be difficult., 6/26/2014, 1:37 AM

The Power of the Spoken Word

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The Shmuz on Bamidbar

It's not always where you are - it's where you're coming from., 5/21/2014, 6:39 PM

Everybody is Doing It

Peer pressure isn’t something that only impacts the world of the teenager. It affects everyone., 5/8/2014, 8:49 AM

The Shmuz on the Parsha

The Torah’s system of Self Perfection., 5/2/2014, 8:22 AM

The Shmuz on the Parsha: Achrei Mot

Systems of human perfection., 4/10/2014, 7:44 AM

The Shmuz on Lech-Lecha

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The Shmuz on the Parsha: Attitude and Altitude

The first determines the second., 8/29/2013, 10:17 AM

The Shmuz for Korach: The Danger of Machlokes (Strife)

Often, without meaning or intending to, we find ourselves on one side or the other, and before we know it, we are deep into the thick and thin of it., 6/6/2013, 9:50 AM

The Weekly Shmuz: Why Hate the Jews

There is no plausible reason for anti-Semitism. It can’t be explained because it makes no sense, but it is there., 5/23/2013, 10:06 AM

The Shmuz on the Parsha: I Never do Anything Wrong

Why do we need the evil inclination, yetzer hara?, 5/16/2013, 7:01 AM

The Weekly Shmuz: Choose Your Friends Wisely

The Torah implies that the pivot point for groups is whom they associate with., 5/9/2013, 10:02 AM

The Weekly Shmuz: Everybody's Doing It

We can’t just take the good and ignore the bad. , 5/3/2013, 11:00 AM

The Shmuz on Emor

Why we count and what we count., 4/25/2013, 8:43 AM

The Weekly Shmuz: Mindless Chatter

There is no driving, instinctive force that pulls us to speak disparagingly about other Jews. There is no magnetic pull that tugs at us. , 4/11/2013, 10:24 AM

The Shmuz for Pesach - Part II

Pesach is the holiday of Emunah., 3/28/2013, 9:34 PM

The Shmuz for Pesach Part I

Hashem is the benefactor., 3/24/2013, 11:45 PM

The Shmuz for Tsav

Ours is not to reason why., 3/21/2013, 5:29 PM

The Shmuz on Ki Tisa

For the love of money..., 2/28/2013, 2:01 PM

The Shmuz on Tetzaveh/ Purim Video

A diamond with a flaw..., 2/22/2013, 2:46 PM

The Shmuz on Trumah

Effort, faith, practice., 2/15/2013, 12:38 AM

The Shmuz on MIshpatim: Action and Effects

Learn about the effect of an action., 2/7/2013, 6:20 PM

The Shmuz on Yitro

The astonishing potential of man is a message of the Torah reading., 1/31/2013, 5:58 PM

The Shmuz on B'Shalach: Belief

People believe what they want to believe., 1/24/2013, 9:17 AM

The Shmuz on Vaera

The Measure of the man., 1/10/2013, 9:36 AM

The Shmuz on Shmot: Faith vs. Trust

A person can have faith without trust. , 1/3/2013, 8:46 AM

The Shmuz for Vayechi: Watch Your Words

Make sure brain is on before putting mouth in gear,, 12/27/2012, 1:33 PM

The Shmuz on Vayigash: LIfe as a Video Game

Didn't Yaakov Avinu have a rough life?, 12/20/2012, 12:03 PM

The Shmuz on Veyeshev: Living Like a Rock

Are you trying to be a pearl or content with being a rock?, 12/6/2012, 9:48 AM

A Tzaddik's Sensitivity

People will go to great lengths to protect their dignity and honor., 11/22/2012, 9:20 PM

The Shmuz on Toldot: Esau's Manners

Isaac could tell that it wasn't Esau bringing him food as soon as he heard the manner in which he spoke., 11/15/2012, 1:42 PM

The Shmuz on the Parsha: Rivka's Character

Why was Eliezer's test enough? Perhaps Rivka was an ethical, generous idol worshipper?, 11/9/2012, 10:00 AM

The Akeda was an Act that Echoes Through Time

How is it possible for a man to make the ultimate sacrifice in a manner that seems to transcend every emotional limitation? , 11/1/2012, 9:22 AM

The Shmuz on Lech Lecha

The five star hotel called "life"., 10/25/2012, 8:42 AM

The Shmuz on Parshat Noah

Bitachon k[reliance on G-d] and Effort- Finding the Balance, 10/19/2012, 9:30 AM

The Shmuz on Breishit

The beginning of time., 10/11/2012, 8:49 AM

The Shmuz on Korach

Questions Have Answers -- Answers Don’t Have Answers , 6/21/2012, 5:12 PM

Weekly Shmuz: Why They Hate the Jews

The parsha talks about those who hate Gd as though that is equivalent to hating the Jews. Why?, 6/7/2012, 10:49 AM

The Shmuz on Bamidbar

Choose your friends wisely., 5/25/2012, 10:03 AM

Bechukotay: The Power of a Tzibbur

Larger numbers make a difference., 5/17/2012, 10:55 AM

The Shmuz on Emor (Diaspora)

How can the Torah let us eat meat and only worry about not killing a mother animal and her child on the same day?, 5/10/2012, 11:27 AM

The Shmuz on Shmini

The Medrash explains why the Torah forbids us from eating treif, non kosher, food., 4/12/2012, 4:06 PM

The Shmuz on Tsav

G-d and man: master and servant., 3/29/2012, 10:30 PM

The Shmuz on Ki Tisa

Never in the history of mankind have so many enjoyed such wealth. What dangers does this bring?, 3/9/2012, 9:41 AM