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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We can "look at each other" and evade the truth as long as we like, but eventually reality catches up with us. The other choice is clear: we can join together to "go down to Egypt and provide for ourselves"--that is, take the risk of confronting the truth about whatever problem confronts us, "that we may live."

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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.