Monthly Archives: April 2011

Random Musing before Shabbat – Kedsohim 5771 – Oil & Water (redux 5763)

Haverim: I’m only one day post-op and not quite able to focus enough to write an entirely new musing this year. So please forgive this redux from 5763 about shatnes in a modern context. Random Musing Before Shabbat – Kedoshim … Continue reading

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Random Musing Before Shabbat – Shabbat Hol HaMoed Pesakh 5771 – Admat Yisrael

Ezekiel has a particular preference for referring to the land of Israel not as “eretz Yisrael” but instead as “admat Yisrael.” Semantically, “eretz” and “admat” are effectively interchangeable, but there’s a subtle difference. Eretz, ארץ can be translated as “earth” … Continue reading

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Random Musing Before Shabbat – Akharei Mot-Shabbat Hagadol 5771 – Ultimate Tzimtzum

Reading the words of the last of the prophets, Malachi, as we do in the haftarah for Shabbat Hagadol, before Pesakh, I begin to see how Judaism may have sown the seeds of its own eventual displacement by Christianity. In … Continue reading

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Random Musing Before Shabbat – Metzora 5771 – Afflict This!

OK G”d, so which is it? Are you responsible for every little thing that happens, or not? Where does our free will fit in? Do you only pull strings for major events? Does anything happen by mere chance? These questions, … Continue reading

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Random Musing Before Shabbat – Tazria/Shabbat HaHodesh 5771 – It’s Good To Be the King

Among the many prejudices I acknowledge is a general bias against people who are wealthy. It’s a bias that I, raised in the public housing projects of New York City and coming from a family with lots of Wobblies and … Continue reading

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