Monthly Archives: January 2014

Random Musing Before Shabbat–T’rumah 5774–Dollhouse

I have often used the simile “the Torah is like an owner’s manual” or the analogy “just as instruction booklets or owner manuals teach us how to use and care for things, The Torah teaches us how be and care … Continue reading

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Random Musing Before Shabbat–Mishpatim 5774-Chukim U’mishpatim Revisited

Fourteen years ago I wrote of my experiences discussing parashat Mishpatim with some 5th graders at a Reform synagogue. I have certainly discussed the parasha with other students in the intervening years.  Interestingly enough, this year I’ve been tutoring some … Continue reading

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Random Musing Before Shabbat–Yitro 5774–The Rest of the Ten Commandments (Revised)

This seems to be the year that I want to revisit a lot of  musings written thirteen or fourteen years ago. This was around the time I was attending or had just graduated from Vanderbilt Divinity School. As I look … Continue reading

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Random Musing Before Shabbat–Beshalakh 5774–A Lot Can Change in 13 Years–Or Not

I like to redeem the irredeemable. It is a passion of mine, and I devote a lot of energy to doing so. Sometimes, however, I look back at what I wrote in an effort to redeem something seemingly irredeemable, and … Continue reading

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Random Musing Before Shabbat–Bo 5774-Spellcheck On My Hand

Sh’mot (Exodus) 13:9 וְהָיָה לְךָ לְאוֹת עַל־יָֽדְךָ וּלְזִכָּרוֹן בֵּין עֵינֶיךָ לְמַעַן תִּֽהְיֶה תּוֹרַת יְהוָֹה בְּפִיךָ כִּי בְּיָד חֲזָקָה הוֹצִֽאֲךָ יְהוָֹה מִמִּצְרָֽיִם “And this shall be for you as a sign on your hand and a reminder between your eyes-in order … Continue reading

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