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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      Anger Management

      The brothers could not speak peacefully with Joseph because they allowed their anger and resentment to control them, rather than asserting their control over their anger.

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      Integrating Knowledge

      Knowledge of God does not always translate into actions based on that knowledge.

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      A Map Of Pluralism

      The arrangement of the Israelites around the Tabernacle, as individuals and as a community, provides us with a model for pluralism.

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      The Spirituality Of Business Ethics

      Recognizing God as a partner in all business dealings inspires us to conduct these dealings with the utmost care and honesty.

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      Overcoming Self-Doubt

      Moses's complaint and God's response teach us that despite our doubts and insecurities, we can, and should, work to accomplish our unique missions in life.

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      Self Deception

      Before the Children of Israel enter the land, Moses cautions them against self-deception, an appropriate warning for the high holidays as well.

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      Seeing The Ram

      The miracle of the ram caught in the bushes was that, in the final moment, Avraham was able to perceive it as an alternative to sacrificing his son.

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      Not Seeing Is The Sin

      Like Bilaam, we should open our eyes to seeing the problematic paths we take in life.

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      A New Look At Philanthropy

      The commandment to leave behind some of the harvest for the poor challenges our assumptions about to whom the food belongs in the first place.

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      Critiquing Our Leadership

      While it's easy to complain about poor leadership, Parashat Mishpatim challenges us to critique from a committed, engaged perspective.


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