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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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.

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      Completing Creation

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

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      The Emergence Of Environmentalism

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

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      Craving Perspective

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


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