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About migdalorguy

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

Random Musing Before Shabbat–Vayigash 5779—Reconciling: Are You Into It?

I like to keep things balanced in my accounts. So I expect things in Torah to balance as well. But sometimes, when you try and reconcile things in the Torah, it’s not so easy. The numbers don’t always balance out. … Continue reading

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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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Random Musing Before Shabbat–Vayeira 5779—(Redux 5760) From the “Journal of Lot” – Part II

A prolonged bout with a cold, now turned into bronchitis, has been draining my energy and alertness, so, with apologies, I offer this recycled musing from 1999. Random Musings Before Shabbat – Vayera 5760- From the “Journal of Lot” – … Continue reading

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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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