Monthly Archives: November 2008

Random Musing Before Shabbat – Toldot 5769 – There’s Gotta Be Something Better Than This

It’s been a while since I’ve written a truly random, stream of consciousness style musing.  I’m not sure that even I can follow my train of thought, but, nevertheless, whatever tracks I’ve jumped, I wound up at some station somewhere. … Continue reading

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Random Musing Before Shabbat-Hayyei Sarah 5769 – Looking for Clues

Last year at this time, I wrote about the played-out ritual negotiation between Avraham and the Hittites for the cave of Machpelah as a burial place for Sarah. http://www.durlester.com/musings/hayyeisarah5768.htm This year, I had intended to focus on yet a different … Continue reading

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Random Musing Before Shabbat Vayeira 5769 He’s a Family Guy (?)

  There’s a short scene from the TV cartoon comedy "Family Guy" in which Peter Griffin says to his daughter Meg that he was going to stop treating her badly "cause I’m a worse father than Abraham." Then there’s a … Continue reading

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Veteran’s Day-Families, Culture, and Marat Ayin

Technorati tags: Veteran’s Day, Judaism, Marat Ayin, Jews, Americans As a professional Jewish educator, I recognize the dilemma we all face in that we have too little time to teach too many things to our children. As a member of … Continue reading

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Random Musing Before Shabbat – Lekh L’kha 5769 – Of Nodding Heads, Whistling Airs, and Snickersnees

I have written much about this rich parasha before. I commend to you many of my earlier musings, to be found on my website http://www.durlester.com/musings.html This year, I was stopped dead in my tracks by two peculiar pieces of text. … Continue reading

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The Worst Jewish Education Keynote I’ve Ever Heard

Yesterday, I attended a regional workshop conference for Jewish Educators. The conference itself had four decent presenters, and though I could only choose to attend one of them, I gather that the other three sessions were also well appreciated. The … Continue reading

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Concerned about the Republican Jewish Coalition? You Should Be.

Today in my email was an advertisement sent from Haartez.com and paid for by the Republican Jewish Coalition, whoever they are. The subject of the email was "Scared about Barack Obama? You should be." The message is a scare-mongering, fear-mongering … Continue reading

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