Monthly Archives: December 2014

Random Musing Before Shabbat–Vayiggash 5775–Rule #2

It’s an old adage, that appears in many variations: Rule #1: [X] is never wrong Rule #2: When [X] is wrong, refer to Rule #1. In this week’s haftarah, we encounter just such a situation. Ezekiel’s prophecy does not prove … Continue reading

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Random Musing Before Shabbat–Miketz 5775–Assimilating Assimilation (Redux 5763ff)

Haverim: I’ve recycled this musing, first written in 5763 (2002) numerous times. It is always an appropriate discussion around Hanukkah, as both during Maccabean times and in the Yosef story, we struggled with assimilation. Maybe that’s not such a bad … Continue reading

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Random Musing Before Shabbat–Vayeishev 5775–Seriously-Who Was That Guy?

I first asked this question in a musing 9 years ago, but it has also been asked by countless others, including our greatest scholars, for thousands of years. A little bit of the story. So, like, Yaakov/Israel gives his favorite … Continue reading

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Random Musing Before Shabbat – Vayishlakh 5775 – No One’s In the Kitchen With Dinah (or Eric or Michael)

Some years ago in these musings, I wrote a little ditty based on the tragic story of Dinah. In the story of Dinah, true justice was not served. The revenge of Dinah’s brothers involved trickery and excessive violence. In the … Continue reading

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