Monthly Archives: May 2014

Random Musing Before Shabbat–Naso 5774

I’m at the annual Hava Nashira songleaders workshop at Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute Camp in scenic Oconomowoc, WI. Didn’t get a chance this year to work on a missing for this week so I commend to you previous musings on this … Continue reading

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Random Musings Before Shabbat–Bamidbar 5774 – Torah as Anecdote-It’s a Good Thing

This is called Random Musings. I generally stay close to the parasha or the related haftarah, but sometimes I just wander, simply using those as a jumping-off point. Bamidbar. Numbers, we call it in English. I’m not big on numbers. … Continue reading

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Random Musing Before Shabbat–B’ckhukotai 5774–Taking the Hard Way Yet Again

Some 17 years ago, when I first starting writing these Random Musings, before I was a student at Vanderbilt Divinity School, and came to a both a better understanding of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, etc., I wrote a short thought piece … Continue reading

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Random Musing Before Shabbat–B’har 5774 – Avadim Hayinu v’ata Avadim Heim

There are a lot of things right about religion. I’m no fan of Richard Dawkins or Christopher Hitchens. However, there is no arguing that religion hasn’t been responsible, to some extent, for underpinning, guiding, or perpetuating some of humankind’s worst … Continue reading

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Random Musings Before Shabbat Emor- Lex Talionis (Redux & Revised from 5759)

It has been 15 years since I wrote the words that I am revisiting and revising here. Recent events make it seem all the more appropriate that I do so now. Here it is before us, in Lev. 24:19-20, a … Continue reading

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