Monthly Archives: August 2017

Random Musing Before Shabbat–Ki Teitze 5777–B’shetzef Ketzef – Expanded and Revised

Revisiting and greatly expanding this musing, originally from 5766 (2006.) Also, since they are among my favorites, I encourage to also read the series of musings for Ki Teitze starting with 5757’s “The Torah, The Gold Watch, and Everything” and … Continue reading

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Random Musing Before Shabbat–Shoftim 5777

Friends: I am in mourning for my Mother, Goldie Gamzon Durlester, who passed away last Sunday, so I won’t be offering a new musing this week.  Here are some musings from previous years on this parasha: Shof’tim 5775 – Whose … Continue reading

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Random Musing Before Shabbat–Re’eh 5777–Between the Mountains

 וְהָיָה כִּי יְבִֽיאֲךָ יְהוָֹה אֱלֹהֶיךָ אֶל־הָאָרֶץ אֲשֶׁר־אַתָּה בָא־שָׁמָּה לְרִשְׁתָּהּ וְנָֽתַתָּה אֶת־הַבְּרָכָה עַל־הַר גְּרִזִּים וְאֶת־הַקְּלָלָה עַל־הַר עֵיבָֽל When the L”RD your G”d brings you into the land that you are about to enter and possess, you shall pronounce the blessing at … Continue reading

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Random Musing Before Shabbat–Eikev 5777–I. Just. Can’t.

I can’t. I just can’t. At least not today. I know I have a penchant for trying to redeem irredeemable texts. Not just a penchant, a passion. However, today I am weary of that effort, weary of the rationalizations, loop … Continue reading

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Random Musing Before Shabbat–Va’etkhanan 5777–This Man’s Art and That Man’s Scope (revisited, revised, and expanded)

Whoops – last week passed without a musing – an unintentional hiatus. My apologies. Things just simply got away from me. A shame, too, because I had a nice theme planned for parashat D’varim this year. Guess you’ll have to … Continue reading

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