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.


    • MJL Author Article 20

      Not Seeing Is The Sin

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

    • MJL Author Article 21

      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.

    • MJL Author Article 22

      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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      Don't Just Stand There--Do Something!

      Preventing the brothers from taking positive action during the famine, fear also paralyzes us, rendering us incapable of addressing our most pressing spiritual, familial, and societal problems.

    • MJL Author Article 24

      Completing Creation

      Our physical existence, like the creation of the physical world, depends on spiritual, sacred focus for completeness.

    • MJL Author Article 25

      The Emergence Of Environmentalism

      From the commandment not to cut down trees in war, we derive the prohibition against the careless destruction of nature.

    • MJL Author Article 26

      Craving Perspective

      The closer we are to God, the more we are able to put our cravings into perspective.

    • MJL Author Article 27

      Service As Its Own Reward

      Zealousness in regard to the elevation offering reminds us to be careful in our service of God and others, even when the service does not result in immediate benefit to us.

    • MJL Author Article 28

      Body And Soul Religion

      Thought and internal spirituality still require physical action in order to deepen one's religious experience.

    • MJL Author Article 29

      The Times Are A-Changing

      In his final poetic speech to the Israelites, Moshe encourages them to understand the potential for change in every generation.


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