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Jewish Educator & Musician, Technology Nerd and all around nice Renaissance guy

Random Musing Before Shabbat–Noah 5779—The Loud, Large Voice

Warning: another one of my truly random musings. No destination in mind, so it went where it went. Go ahead. Read it. Read the Haftarah for parashat Noakh, from Isaiah. Here’s a link to the text in Hebrew and English … Continue reading

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Random Musing Before Shabbat–Lekh Lekha 5779—Here’s a How-De-Do

As someone who regularly works to help people understand that the Bible is not a history textbook, I can find myself awfully caught up in trying to figure out historical and similar puzzles presented to us by the text.One such … Continue reading

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Random Musing Before Shabbat–B’reishit 5779—From Chava’s Faith to Fan Fiction

I started writing these weekly musings in 5757 – late 1996. Within a few years, my life had turned upside down. Though, in hindsight, I can view the rejection of my candidacy for rabbinical school at HUC-JIR in the mid-90s … Continue reading

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Random Musing Before Shabbat–Ha’azinu 5779-A Still Insincere Hymn

I’m recycling this musing from six years back because of my recent encounters with this text while working with a student preparing to celebrate becoming a bat mitzvah this Shabbat. As I sought to find ways to help the student … Continue reading

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Random Musing Before Shabbat–Vayelekh-Shabbat Shuvah 5778—Return?

Return. Again. Land. Soul. What. Who. Where. Born. Reborn. Return. But how can I go back? Again. Have I been there before? Land. Which land? Soul. What is a soul? Do I have one? Is it me? What. Am I? … Continue reading

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Random Musing Before Shabbat–Ki Tavo 5778—Fourth Isaiah?

It happens every year. Even though parashat Ki Tavo is chock full of things to write about, I look through the haftarah (which consists of all 22 verses of Isaiah chapter 60) hoping to find something else to write about. … Continue reading

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Random Musing Before Shabbat–Ki Teitzei 5778–The Torah, The Gold Watch, and Everything Retold Yet Again

It’s been six years since I last shared this favorite and oft-traditionally-re-shared missing for Ki Teitzei, so it’s time once again. Adding, of course, a few new thoughts. 2012 – It’s time to share it again. Perhaps a little cleaning, … Continue reading

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