Monthly Archives: December 2017

Random Musing Before Shabbat–Vayekhi 5778–Unethical Will? (Revised 5761)

Who is he kidding? This man conspired with his Mother to steal his older brother’s birthright. Early in his life he told G”d he would only be his G”d if everything worked out alright on his journey. And this after … Continue reading

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Random Musing Before Shabbat–Vayigash 5778–Two Sticks as One (Revised 5767)

I remember seeing, many years ago, at a CAJE Conference, one of Kenny Ellis’ shtick routines – he would hold up a carrot in one hand and say in a thick Israeli accent “one gezer” (gezer is Hebrew for carrot … Continue reading

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Random Musing Before Shabbat–Miketz/Hanukkah 5778–Yodim Atem Likhvod Mah?

I love finding interesting connections/coincidences. (Which of course always make me wonder how coincidental they really are.) There’s a popular contemporary Hanukkah song, אָבִי הִדְלִיק נֵרוֹת לִיוְשַׁמָּש לוֹ אֲבוּקָה –יוֹדְעִים אַתֶּם לִכְבוֹד מַה?לִכְבוֹד הַחֲנֻכָּה! Avi hidlik neirot liV’shamash lo avukahYodim … Continue reading

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Random Musing Before Shabbat–Vayeishev-Spirals

A decade ago I looked at the words of Amos 3:3 (from the haftarah for this week’s parasha, Vayeishev) and worked to find an expansive meaning in its words: Can two walk together without having met? I argued, at that … Continue reading

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