Monthly Archives: January 2016

Random Musing Before Shabbat–Yitro 5776–Top Ten (Redux and Revised 5766)

There’s an oft-used exercise in religious school and other learning settings in which students/participants are invited by the instructor to “write their own ten commandments.” A number of teachers I know use this exercise to develop their class rules at … Continue reading

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Random Musing Before Shabbat–Beshalakh 5776 – Mi Kamonu?

It’s Shabbat Shirah for which I offer this classic musing from 5759, as I’ve never been able to say it better, although I’ve added even more new elements this time around. Random Musings Before Shabbat-Beshalach (Shabbat Shirah) 5759 (revised 5763, … Continue reading

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Random Musing Before Shabbat–Bo 5776 Four Strikes and You’re…Well… (A Fractured Midrashic Fairytale)

11 years ago, I wrote this fantasy musing built around the then current scandal rocking the baseball world about the use of performance-enhancing drugs. I started to re-write it this year, thinking to substitute some current issue. I made several … Continue reading

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Random Musing Before Shabbat–Va’era 5776–Why Tomorrow (Revised 5757/62/66)

Imagine a Monty Python-esque skit. We are in the “Office of Plague Revocation.”  An officious looking clerk sits behind the counter, radiating ennui. Three men walk in dressed respectively as Moses, Aaron and Pharaoh. Clerk: “Can I help you?”Moshe: “I’d … Continue reading

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Random Musing Before Shabbat–Sh’mot 5776-[Spoiler Alert]

[SPOILER ALERT] Spoilers might not be such a bad thing. I wasn’t on line that first night. I didn’t see the new Star Wars movie until a few days later. I did everything I could to avoid spoilers. People everywhere … Continue reading

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