Monthly Archives: July 2008

Random Musing Before Shabbat – Masei 5768 – Accidents Matter

"It was just an accident." "I didn’t mean it." "I didn’t intend for that to happen." Somehow, our society has come to believe that things which were unintentional, or accidental, don’t really matter as much as the results of intentional … Continue reading

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Random Musing Before Shabbat – Matot 5768 – Redux 5765 – Even Moshe Rabbeinu Had to Punt (or Making Lemonade)

You’d think, haverim, being "between jobs" as I prepare for my move from the DC area to the beautiful upper Pioneer valley of Massachusetts, I’d actually have some time to sit down and muse anew on this parasha. Alas, no … Continue reading

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Random Musing Before Shabbat – Pinkhas 5768 – Still Zealous After All These Years

Five years ago, my musing for this parasha was entitled "I Still Get Zealous", the title being a pun on the Jules Styne/Sammy Cahn song "I Still Get Jealous" from "High Button Shoes"¬† (though oddly, it was Louis Armstrong’s version … Continue reading

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Saying Shalom to My BJC Family

Saying farewell is never easy. Friday, July 18, 2008 will be my final day as Director of Education and Congregational Life at Bethesda Jewish Congregation. That day will mark the end of five wonderful years with my BJC family. BJC … Continue reading

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Synagogues-Flouting Employment and Tax Laws–where is the DINA D’MALKHUTA DINA?

On a local supplemental Jewish religious school principals list I belong to, many questions have come up of late about¬† educators being paid as independent contractors, and other issues of employment and tax law. There are a lot of misconceptions … Continue reading

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