Monthly Archives: December 2016

Random Musing Before Shabbat – Miketz 5777–Eizeh Hu Adayin ḤaḤam (5766 Revisited)

[I first wrote this musing 11 years ago. It saddens me that the questions it asks are still as (if not more) relevant today. Thus, I changed the title to update Ben Zoma’s question to ask “who is still wise?”]] … Continue reading

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Random Musing Before Shabbat–Vayeishev 5777- Unspoilers

I’m sorry. I apologize. I didn’t mean to spoil it for you. Before I launch into this week’s musing, a major expansion upon one I wrote a decade ago,  I wanted to acknowledge a comment made by a friend on … Continue reading

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Random Musing Before Shabbat–Vayishlakh 5777–My Prayer or Me Prayer

Jacob has an interesting relationship with prayer. His prayer in last week’s parasha, Vayeitzei, is, according to some scholars, actually the first recorded  prayer in the Torah. (This is clearly debatable, as there are at least two earlier examples cited … Continue reading

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Random Musing Before Shabbat-Vayeitzei 5777-Being Fruitbull

As I have stated before, some of the musings I have written for parashat Vayeitzei number among my favorites – it’s such a rich parasha – and I hope you’ll peruse the links at the end of this musing and … Continue reading

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Random Musing Before Shabbat–Toldot 5777–Well, I’ll Tell Ya

There’s an old joke I learned when I was living in the Midwest. It’s partly a visual, so I’ll do my best to describe it. “Wanna know why farmers have such smelly thumbs?”[without waiting for a response, hooking my thumbs … Continue reading

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