Monthly Archives: March 2017

Random Musing Before Shabbat–Vayikra 5777–As G”d is My Witness (aka Osymandias II)

This is a fresh and expanded take on a musing I wrote 11 years ago in 5766. My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair–Percy Bysshe Shelley King of Kings am I, Osymandias.If anyone … Continue reading

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Random Musing Before Shabbat Vayakhel/Pekudei 5777–Bell, Pomegranate, Bell, Pomegranate

I’m starting off this musing with a thought that I plan to repeat later. Will I repeat it verbatim or not? Does it matter? Time will tell. פַּעֲמֹ֤ן וְרִמֹּן֙ פַּעֲמֹ֣ן וְרִמֹּ֔ן עַל־שׁוּלֵ֥י הַמְּעִ֖יל סָבִ֑יב לְשָׁרֵ֕ת A bell and a pomegranate, … Continue reading

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Random Musing Before Shabbat–Ki Tisa/Shabbat Parah 5777–Reruns

I’m a bit under the weather today, which I didn’t expect. Had I known I might have written a new musing for this week earlier in the week. But I left it until today, and now my brain and body … Continue reading

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Random Musing Before Shabbat – Tetzaveh 5777 – A Nation of Priests (And a Shtickel of Purim) (Revised from 5770)

Does it bother you? It bothers me. Judaism is a religion with a hereditary priesthood. G”d does play favorites. People still take this hereditary priesthood seriously, despite our pretenses otherwise. We still give the Kohanim the first aliyah, and a … Continue reading

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Random Musing Before Shabbat–T’rumah 5777-You Still Gotta Wanna

Revisiting this musing from a decade ago (written as a follow-up to one written 16 years ago.) Sixteen years ago, my musing for parashat T’rumah was entitled “You Gotta Wanna.” It was focused on the words of Shemot (Exodus) chapter … Continue reading

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