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Articles By Rabbi Jeffrey Leynor


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Redeeming the Captives, an Ancient TOV Idea


(Originally published on May 21, 2015). “In the Hebrew Bible, Rabbinic writings, Jewish history and prayers - redeeming captives appears a number of times. It is a mitzvah (commandment) to redeem captives and there are a lot of captives today need to be redeemed. Click Here to Read More

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The Calendar Reflects the Seasons of Our Lives


(In memory of Rabbi Leynor. Originally published July 31, 2014.) I was teaching someone who is in the process of conversion about the Jewish calendar and I mentioned that the number of ways the calendar reflects the seasons of our lives. It is an all-encompassing journey which includes birth, life, death and rebirth. Click Here to Read More

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Seeking Eternal Life: Modern Biomedicine vs. Ancient Wisdom


(This article was originally published on April 25, 2015.) In so many of the ancient myths, legends and stories, the prize that many people searched for was an object that would allow them to become immortal -- to live forever – by discovering the Fountain of Youth or a Plant of Life. What if everyone lived forever? Click Here to Read More

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The Awesome Power of Choosing Life and Doing TOV


 (This article was published on January 22, 2015.) This morning, I am inspired! There was a video posted about a young man that blew me away! He was bullied and made to feel like an outcast in his HS. This is a great story about a teen that decided to Choose Life and that changed everything. Click Here to Read More

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Some Things I Learned Trying to be Happier


This article was originally published on December 14, 2016. “Self-acceptance” is not an easy thing to do, but it is vital to learning to be happier. If I can learn to be more accepting of myself -- even with all of the things for which I am not proud and all those things which need perfecting -- then I can extend that to others and that in turn gives me some peace, some comfort and some healing, and THAT in turn helps me to be happier! Click Here to Read More

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Violence, Values & Trust.


This article was published on Monday, November 10, 2014. Chances increase tremendously among those who hold core TOV Values that their response to adversity and disagreement will not be violence. Something that is being left out of the discussions on violence is “the massive loss of trust in our world.” The Torah teaches that it is our individual and collective responsibility to “repair our world.” Click Here to Read More 

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Finding Ourselves in the Middle of Nowhere​


This article was published May 14, 2017. Once we are thrown out, or walk out of our “Egypt”, what is known, what is familiar, what is habit -- is wiped away. We wonder, where are we, where do we go, what will happen now? In the Biblical context, we enter the Midbar, Wilderness in Hebrew. What’s interesting is that in the Biblical context, when many important individuals and groups encounter their Higher Power, a Deity, or their Highest Self – regardless of which -- everyone and everything is changed – everything is different. Click Here to Read More

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Heaven, Hell & TOV


(This article was originally published on Wednesday, July 15, 2015.) I saw this cartoon on Facebook – and it’s sad, but true. It reminded me of an article I recently read about the "Selfie frenzy" and tourism. They have combined to create a quest for pictures of excess . . . There is an old legend, with many variations, about someone who wanted to know the difference between Heaven and Hell. Click Here to Read

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My Higher Power


​​(This article was originally published October 23, 2014.) I'm responding to a question on the TOV Center Blog about why I placed the term “Higher Power” in parenthesis in an earlier blog. When I became a police chaplain, one of the helpful things they taught me is that when we respond to a call, we leave our BS (belief system and the other kind too) at the door! Click Here to Read 

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Parents Teach Your Children TOV!


(This article was originally published on October 12, 2015.) Rabbi Leynor loved teaching children and he viewed parenting as one of the most important opportunities a person could ever have. Click Here to Read

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The Calendar Reflects the Seasons of Our Lives​


(This article was published on July 31, 2014.) I was teaching someone who is in the process of conversion about the Jewish calendar and I mentioned that in a number of ways, the calendar reflects the seasons of our lives. It is an all-encompassing journey which includes birth, life, death and rebirth. Click Here to Read.

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Rosh Ha'Shanah and Yom Kippur 5777:
Downsizing Reflections


 (This article was published on Friday, September 30, 2016.)  Rosh Ha'Shanah would begin at sundown Sunday, October 2, 2016. It would be the beginning of the year 5777. Today, September 18, 2020, Rabbi Leynor’s funeral service was held. At sundown today, Rosh Ha'Shanah and the year 5781 will begin. Click Here to Read.

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When Nothing Will Ever Be the Same


(This article by Rabbi Leynor was originally published on April 26, 2017.) In my professional and personal experience with “Grief/Loss/Returning to Life,” one of the toughest issues is realizing that everything you knew, everything you planned and hoped for, everything you trusted in will never happen. We feel lost, rudderless, unsure and afraid of what will be. We ask, will life ever be “normal” again? Will we ever laugh again, have joy again and celebrate again? How can we respond when, “Nothing will ever be the same again?” Click here to read.

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