Monthly Archives: July 2009

Time for Another Jewish Ed Heresy-The English Bar/Bat Mitzvah?

Over on his blog The Fifth Child, my friend and fellow Jewish Educator Peter Eckstein wrote a great post asking, yet again. what the goals of teaching Hebrew are in supplementary Jewish education. http://thefifthchild.blogspot.com/2009/07/point-of-teaching-hebrew-is.html  (Peter also makes a wonderful case … Continue reading

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Random Musing Before Shabbat – D’varim 5769 – Torah of Confusion

I discovered this week, in reviewing the parasha, a word that just stuck with me. In describing the  near ending of the 40 years of wandering, Moses makes reference to how G"d did indeed wean out all the people (save … Continue reading

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Carroll, Taylor, & United Profit When United Breaks Guitars ?

While I’m sympathetic to Dave Carroll, of the Sons of Maxwell, I’m not particularly swayed to righteous indignation against United Airlines by his supposedly viral "United Breaks Guitars" video.  He really SHOULD have opened the case when he arrived in … Continue reading

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Random Musing Before Shabbat- Pinkhas 5769- Why Is This Rebuke Different From All Other Rebukes?

Since this Shabbat falls after the 17th of Tammuz, we begin reading the special haftarot of admonition – 3 admonishing haftarot (two from Jeremiah, one from Isaiah) preceding the ninth of Av, after which we hear the seven haftarot of … Continue reading

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Is the Word “Midget” Offensive?

At its 2009 Nat’l Conference being held in Brooklyn, NY, the Little People of America has filed a complaint with the FCC regarding the derogatory use of the word "midget." The specific complaint results from an episode of Celebrity Apprentice. … Continue reading

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Random Musing Before Shabbat-Hukat-Balak 5769-Not Accepting Not Understanding

I am very puzzled by these two incidents in our parasha, and their very different outcomes. 1. Encounter with the Edomites "Hey, Mr. Edomite. You know all the tsuris we’ve had. enslaved in Egypt by Pharaoh and cruelly treated. Our … Continue reading

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