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How I Won’t Be Observing Yom Kippur

One of my favorite stories is of the house painter who deeply regretted stealing from his clients by diluting the paint, but charging full price. He poured out his heart on Yom Kippur hoping for Divine direction. A booming voice comes down from Heaven and decrees — […]

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Letting out Water

Sometimes a husband thinks that he needs to blow off some steam and let his wife know that she is wrong about some matter. Likewise, a wife might feel that she has to set the record straight by straightening out her husband. According to the Bible, blowing […]

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The Devil Made Me Do It Redux

Over three years ago, as part of my “church experience,” I wrote this blog post illustrating how many churches (including the one I was attending at the time) emphasize the influence of an external tormentor who causes them to sin over their own personal responsibility. I highlighted the […]

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