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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      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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      If Not Now, When?

      Rashi understands Moshe's final words to the people as an expression of Hillel's philosophy of self-examination, quoted in Ethics of the Ancestors.

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      Cities Or Sanctuaries

      Cities of Refuge are symbols of God's unconditional love and constant presence among people.

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      Reaching Out To Those In Need

      Numerous translators of the Bible understand differently the specifics of the command to strengthen those that are falling low, but all agree on the importance of its fulfillment.

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      Spirituality Never Stops

      The connections between building the Tabernacle and Yom Kippur reminds us that all aspects of our spirituality are connected.

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      Feeling The Presence Of God

      God's presence at Yaakov's deathbed teaches us that our reactions to the situations in which we find ourselves determine our spiritual perceptions.

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      Unconditional Love

      Abram provides us with a model for loving God and people for their own sake and not for any manifestation of that love.

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      It's The Joy, Not The Oy

      Our religious and spiritual experiences of serving God should be joyful and uplifting.

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      Human Vessels For Blessing

      By asking the priests to bless the people, God gives them an opportunity to serve as role models of caring for the people.

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      Judging Ourselves And Others

      The priest's role in declaring and treating leprosy, a physical manifestation of spiritual impurity, teaches us not to judge our own or others' spiritual lives.


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