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

Random Musing Before Shabbat – Korach 5778 — My Hero Korach

I’m going to keep it relatively short this week, and rehash some old territory. Sometimes I think we’ve got it all wrong. Korach isn’t the bad guy. I keep playing the story over and over in my head, and no … Continue reading

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Random Musing Before Shabbat–Sh’lakh L’kha 5778 – Okay

[Ed. Note: This musing started out as “Another Missed Opportunity” in 2006. It has morphed into this greatly expanded version with a somewhat different focus at the end. As was its predecessor, it has but a slight connection to the … Continue reading

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Random Musing Before Shabbat – Naso 5778 – G”d’s Roadies (Revised and Revisited from 5768)

With apologies to all you “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” fans out there: Aaron: Man, we need a roadie. Other religions have roadies. Moses: Well, other religions know more than one G”d. Your professional religions can worship up to six, sometimes … Continue reading

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Random Musing Before Shabbat 5778–B’midbar–Doorway to Hope (Revised)

When we speak of irredeemable texts, one of the first that oft comes to mind are the first two chapters of the Book of Hosea. Many do indeed find them troubling, I find these two chapters among the most effective … Continue reading

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Random Musing Before Shabbat—B’har-B’khukotai 5778–Row, Row, Row Your Boat

קֹרֵ֤א דָגַר֙ וְלֹ֣א יָלָ֔ד עֹ֥שֶׂה עֹ֖שֶׁר וְלֹ֣א בְמִשְׁפָּ֑ט בַּחֲצִ֤י ימו [יָמָיו֙] יַעַזְבֶ֔נּוּ וּבְאַחֲרִית֖וֹ יִהְיֶ֥ה נָבָֽל׃ Like a partridge hatching what she did not lay, So is one who amasses wealth by unjust means; In the middle of his life it … Continue reading

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Random Musing Before Shabbat–Emor 5778–A Quixotic Hope on the Camino Real

The world of Camino Real, Tennessee Williams’ way ahead of its time play, is a dark place from which escape may not be possible. If you’re familiar with the play, you may recognize how it might be a fitting play … Continue reading

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Random Musing Before Shabbat – Acharei Mot-Kedoshim 5778 – Same Yet Different

This is yet another of those Shabbats when things are out of sync. We’re already in a period when Israel and the Diaspora are out of sync with Torah readings, and will remain so for a few more weeks until … Continue reading

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