Monthly Archives: March 2018

Random Musing Before Shabbat–Pesakh 5778–Odds and Ends

Some odds and end for this Pesakh. An odd. Mah nishtanah hehaftarah hazot mikol haftarot? Why is this haftarah different from all the other haftarot? In the haggadah, we ask why on other night we do not dip our foods, … Continue reading

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Random Musing Before Shabbat–Tzav/Shabbat HaGadol 5778–After You, G”d.

I’ve got problem with the haftarah for Shabbat HaGadol – Malachi 3:4-24. In previous musings on this haftarah I’ve held it up as an example of G”d’s infinite patience and forgiveness. I talked about how the charges that G”d levels … Continue reading

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Random Musing Before Shabbat–Vayikra 5778–Kol Cheilev (Revisited)

[Originally written in 2003, I offer a revisiting of this musing.] Blood and sacrifice. Burnt offerings. Washing innards, Arranging body parts. Wringing pigeon necks, and tearing their wings off. Burning grain cakes. Flinging blood. Guilt offerings. Sin offerings. Offerings for … Continue reading

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Random Musing Before Shabbat–Vayakhel-Pekudei 5778–There IS Business Like Show Business

My musings on this parasha are among my favorites, and I commend them all to you. They’re all listed and linked, as usual, at the end of this musing. This week, a new musing, rather than a recycling – although … Continue reading

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Random Musing Before Shabbat–Ki Tisa 5778–Re-souling Ourselves Revisited

When I first wrote this musing in 2005, I had been serving for a year-and-one-half  a congregation whose religious school operates on Shabbat. That the religious school met on Shabbat (and on Wednesdays) was perhaps not as much a matter … Continue reading

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