Articles By Rabbi Neal J. Loevinger

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    Rabbi Neal J. Loevinger

    Rabbi Neal Joseph Loevinger is currently the rabbi of Temple Beth-El in Poughkeepsie, NY. A former student at Kolel, he served as Kolel's Director of Outreach from late 1999-2001. He was ordained in the first graduating class of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies of the University of Judaism, and holds a Master's of Environmental Studies from York University in Toronto.


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      Reflect Before You Respond

      Moses' response to Korah's challenge teaches us to first reflect on our own actions in any situation of conflict or anger.

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      Reading The Prohibition Against Homosexuality In Context

      The sexual relationships forbidden by the Torah are intended to prohibit non-Israelite religious practices and abuses of power, not committed, loving relationships of any gender.

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      The Idol Of Complacency

      The prohibition against making an idol warns us not to fix our image of God, but rather to allow our conception of God to evolve.

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      Using Personal Tragedy For Growth

      Judah's plea to Joseph is a sign of his personal growth and ability to empathize with his father's grief.

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      The Children Of Noah

      As the children of Noah, we are challenged to follow his example of resisting the corruption of our society, walking with God and living with our brothers and sisters in love and peace.

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      All Is Not Fair In Love And War

      By linking the incident of the female prisoner of war to the hated wife and rebellious child, Rashi encourages us to consider the consequences of treating others as objects.

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      Seeing Beneath The Surface

      Unable to see beyond their own fears and insecurities, 10 of the 12 spies despaired of conquering Canaan.

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      Overcoming And Learning From Our Mistakes

      Recognizing our fallibility can lead us to compassion and empathy for our fellow humans, and bring us closer to God and others.

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      The Test Of The Manna

      The manna tested the character of the newly freed Israelites--how they would respond to a situation of plenty and how they would cultivate their relationship with God.

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      The Question Is The Blessing

      By asking Yaakov his name, his wrestling adversary challenges him to examine himself and whether he is ready to enter a new phase of his life.


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