Monthly Archives: June 2009

Random Musing Before Shabbat-Korakh 5769 And Who Put G”d In Charge? (or 2009: A Space Odyssey)

Korakh. Good guy? Bad guy? Misguided guy? Ego driven guy? Id driven guy? Bum rap guy? Machiavellian plotter guy? Doug & Wendy Whiner guy? The classic commentaries and midrashim paint a portrait of a conniving, greedy, and self-aggrandizing Korach. (The … Continue reading

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Democracy, Hypocrisy, and Unmitigated Gall

Over on my Amherst blog, I’ve shared some thoughts readers of this blog might find interesting. One is entitled "Some Thoughts on Democracy" and the other is a response to a recent op-ed piece in the local paper entitled "‘The … Continue reading

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Random Musing Before Shabbat-Shelakh L’kha 5769-One Law

Timing really is everything. A few weeks ago, I posted on my blog a diatribe on the subject of Judaism’s failure to deal with the ger toshav, the resident stranger who lives with the community. Here’s a link to that … Continue reading

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Random Musings Before Shabbat – Naso 5768 G”d’s Roadies II

Last year, as I was thinking about parashat Naso, I imagined the Gershonite and Merarite clans in the role of "roadies" to the priests and the tabernacle. I wrote: With apologies to all you "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" fans out … Continue reading

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Equal Rights to Rites For All

This one is going to make me widely unpopular, but for too long I’ve avoided taking it on. I’m thrilled to death that synagogues (and churches, et al) are championing important causes like gay marriage, issues of the transgender community, … Continue reading

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