Monthly Archives: November 2018

Random Musing Before Shabbat–Vayeishev 5779—Updating Amos

Another political one, but how could it not be? I present to you this modern re-writing of the haftarah for parashat Vayeishev, from Amos 2:6-3:8. 6. Thus said the LORD: For three transgressions of America, For four, I will not … Continue reading

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Random Musing Before Shabbat–Vayishlakh 5779—The Orange Edomite

If, like me, your political leanings are somewhere to the left of the spectrum, and you live with the daily discomfort of the realities of the current administration, then perhaps, as you read the words of the (Sephardic) haftarah for … Continue reading

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Random Musing Before Shabbat–Vayeitze 5779—Taking G”d’s Place (Revisited)

Revisiting words written 19 years ago. וַתֵּ֣רֶא רָחֵ֗ל כִּ֣י לֹ֤א יָֽלְדָה֙ לְיַעֲקֹ֔ב וַתְּקַנֵּ֥א רָחֵ֖ל בַּאֲחֹתָ֑הּ וַתֹּ֤אמֶר אֶֽל־יַעֲקֹב֙ הָֽבָה־לִּ֣י בָנִ֔ים וְאִם־אַ֖יִן מֵתָ֥ה אָנֹֽכִי׃ When Rachel saw that she had borne Jacob no children, she became envious of her sister; and Rachel … Continue reading

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Random Musing Before Shabbat – Tol’dot 5779—Redux 5769–Alternate Histories, Alternate Shmishstories

A musing from 2007, just slightly revised. Alternate histories have become a popular form of fiction these days. As I’ve already taken the liberty of creating modern midrashim to enhance my understanding of the Torah, why not go that one … Continue reading

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