Monthly Archives: September 2012

RandomMusing Before Shabbat-Ha’azinu 5773-Haftarah Haazinu: An Insincere Hymn?

Whether you’ve known me for a while, or are new to my musings, I do believe my penchant for redeeming so-called irredeemable texts is evident. Well today, this week, this month, this year, this annual repetition of the parasha, this … Continue reading

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Random Musing Before Shabbat-Vayeilekh 5773 – L’eyd B’vnei Yisrael-The Real Denouement (Redux 5760)

We read and we study. We grapple with these words, these instructions, teachings, laws, examples, promises, blessings, curses, etc. Then like the master craftsman, G”d puts that final twist, that reversal, that surprise, into the story. After all we have … Continue reading

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Random Musing Before Shabbat–Nitzavim 5772-Where or When

Where is G”d? As the Kotzker Rebbe (aka Menachem Mendel of Kotzk) answered: “Wherever we let G”d in.” (Well, that’s not exactly what he said, but more on that later.) A few years back, Rabbi Neil Gillman put an even … Continue reading

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Random Musing Before Shabbat–Ki Tavo 5772 – Mi Yitein Erev? Mi Yitein Boker?

How bad can it get? If we are to take Torah at its word, pretty bad. בַּבֹּ֤קֶר תֹּאמַר֙ מִֽי־יִתֵּ֣ן עֶ֔רֶב וּבָעֶ֥רֶב תֹּאמַ֖ר מִֽי־יִתֵּ֣ן בֹּ֑קֶר מִפַּ֤חַד לְבָֽבְךָ֙ אֲשֶׁ֣ר תִּפְחָ֔ד וּמִמַּרְאֵ֥ה עֵינֶ֖יךָ אֲשֶׁ֥ר תִּרְאֶֽה׃ In the morning you will say “Who will … Continue reading

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