Monthly Archives: December 2008

Random Musings Before Shabbat-Miketz 5769 – Redux 5763 – Assimilating Assimilation

Always a good discussion around Hanukkah time, since the Yosef story raises some of the same issues as the story of the Maccabees. Assimilating Assimilation Vayikra Paraoh sheim-Yosef Tzafnat-paneiach….Pharaoh gave Yosef the name Zaphenath-paneah. (Gen 41:45) Vayikra Yosef et-sheim hab’chor … Continue reading

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Random Musing Before Shabbat – Vayeishev 5769 – Herding Cats

Eleven years ago, I found myself focusing on a seemingly unimportant part of parashat Vayeshev, which I’d like to revisit now. In Bereshit 37:14 Yaakov (Israel) sends Yosef to see how his brothers and the sheep are doing. Not just … Continue reading

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Random Musing before Shabbat-Vayishlakh 5769 – A Fish Called Wonder

Eight years ago, I wrote about how this quote from A. J. Heschel’s "Man Is Not Alone" can be somewhat helpful to me when I’m trying to deal with the many difficult passages in the Torah (not to mention all … Continue reading

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Random Musing AFTER Shabbat – Vayetze 5769 – Going Down and Loving It!

Haverim:In a hurry to get packed and head out of town this weekend for a special occasion, I  neglected to send out my weekly musing on the parasha. In many ways, this turned out to be a fortuitous set of … Continue reading

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