Monthly Archives: October 2013

Random Musing Before Shabbat–Hayyei Sarah 5774 – The Books of Hagar and Abishag

Our parasha, Hayyei Sarah, and its accompanying haftarah (from I Kings 1:1-31) present two very different examples of leaders in old age. Abraham works to insure his lineage. He first makes sure that Isaac marries into the extended clan, rather … Continue reading

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Random Musing Before Shabbat–Vayeira 5774–Plainly Spoken (Redux & Revised from 5762)

“No, I didn’t.” It’s so easy to say, and it’s almost instinctual. When caught in the act, when caught in a lie, when we’re scared to admit the truth, it’s an automatic response. Big deal. So, faced with an awkward … Continue reading

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Random Musing Before Shabbat–Lekh L’kha 5774–Theistic Singularity: Revisiting the Intellectual Ekhad

Thirteen years ago, I mused upon parashat Lekh L’kha and the subject of monotheism.  For it’s “bar mitzvah” year I thought I’d revisit the subject. Somewhere in his first 75 years of life, Abram reached the understanding that there was … Continue reading

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Random Musing Before Shabbat–Noakh 5774–Let’s Rebuild That Tower!

They’re funny, the connections that our minds make. Reading the story of Noakh, the flood, and the two genealogies, split by the story of the Tower of Babel and the confounding of human speech, what kept leaping to my mind … Continue reading

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