Monthly Archives: August 2013

Random Musing Before Shabbat–Nitzavim-Vayeilekh 5773—Opening Our Own Hearts

  וּמָל יְהוָֹה אֱלֹהֶיךָ אֶת־לְבָֽבְךָ וְאֶת־לְבַב זַרְעֶךָ לְאַֽהֲבָה אֶת־יְהוָֹה אֱלֹהֶיךָ בְּכָל־לְבָֽבְךָ וּבְכָל־נַפְשְׁךָ לְמַעַן חַיֶּֽיךָ: “Then the Lord your G”d will open up your heart and the hearts of your offspring to love the Lord your G”d with all your heart … Continue reading

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Random Musing Before Shabbat–Ki Tavo 5773–Catalog of Calamities (Redux & Revised 5760)

(to the tune of “Tiptoe thru the Tulips”)  “Tiptoe, through Ki Tavo.Don’t read loudly,Lest the curses that weRead will all come true and bring doom. When you’re called to read it,they won’t even call you by your real nameTiptoe through … Continue reading

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Random Musing Before Shabbat–Ki Teitzei 5773-Be True To Who You Are

Dark, Light. Day, night. Oceans, dry land. Pure, impure. Permitted, not permitted. Heaven, earth. Good inclination, evil inclination. Man, woman. I thought I had finally figured it out – that in a system built upon these, it is not entirely … Continue reading

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Random Musing Before Shabbat–Shoftim 5773–Revisiting Hassagat G’vul Yet Again

It was seven years ago that I wrote the original musing on the subject of Hassagat G’vul, the moving of boundaries, and its extrapolation into the modern concepts of intellectual property rights and copyright. I revised it again just two … Continue reading

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Random Musing Before Shabbat – Re’eh 5773 –Here’s a Tip (Revised “Our Own Gifts” from 5761)

At the end of Re’eh, we read: וְלֹ֧א יֵֽרָאֶ֛ה אֶת־פְּנֵ֥י יְהוָֹ֖ה רֵיקָֽם: אִישׁ כְּמַתְּנַת יָדוֹ כְּבִרְכַּת יְהוָֹה אֱלֹהֶיךָ אֲשֶׁר נָֽתַן־לָֽךְ “They shall not appear before the Lord empty-handed, (17 but each with his own gift, according to the blessing that … Continue reading

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