Monthly Archives: December 2010

Random Musings Before Shabbat – Va’era 5771-Brighton Beach-Last Stop!

As I’m in NYC this week (well, Brooklyn) visiting family, I think this is an appropriate musing redux to share. I struggle a lot with the idea in Torah that G”d would harden Pharaoh’s heart, thus causing even greater suffering … Continue reading

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Random Musing Before Shabbat-Sh’mot 5771 – Free Association IV

Haverim: Well over a decade ago, I wrote a Shemot musing called “Free Association” (with apologies to Debbie Friedman for stealing the title froma  little known early song of hers that I found quite inspirational in my Jewish journey.) That … Continue reading

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Random Musings Before Shabbat – Vayekhi 5771 – Trading Places (Redux & Updated from 5759)

“Ki hatachat Elohim ani?” asks Joseph in Gen 50:19. “Shall I take the place of G”d?” All about us these days is confusion. Moral uncertainty. Selfish and cruel behaviors. Luckily for us. For in these distractions are the things we … Continue reading

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Random Musing Before Shabbat-Vayiggash 5771-Being Both Israels

At the very end of this week’s parasha, Vayiggash, is a fascinating verse: 47:27 Thus Israel settled in the country of Egypt, in the region of Goshen; they acquired holdings in it, and were fertile and increased greatly. A look … Continue reading

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Random Musing Before Shabbat – Miketz 5771- What’s Bothering…Me

I’m no Rashi, that’s for sure. So it is with some trepidation that I invoke the “what’s bothering Rashi?” metaphor when I pose the question, “What’s bothering Adrian?” I wanted to gloss over it, simply toss it off to literary … Continue reading

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