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Nefesh haChayim 1:4 (my teaching at the RA Convention 2012)

I was honored to share a text about which I'm deeply passionate at the opening of the Rabbinical Assembly Convention in Atlanta on May 6th, 2012. The Rabbinical Assembly is the international association of Masorti/Conservative rabbis, all charged with bringing Torah into the world. This is our chance to invigorate each other and build our friendships and networks. (my part in the teaching begins 50 minutes in or so. the texts I referenced are pasted below the video link.)


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