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

Random Musing Before Shabbat–Ki Tisa 5779–A Tale of Two Tablets

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Consider: A census A protection racket run by G”d based on that census. (Each must pay the tax as a ransom to avoid the plague) G”d changes the … Continue reading

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Random Musing Before Shabbat–Tetzaveh 5779-Whose Shabbat Is It Anyway?

It’s not unusual for me to encounter a short bit of text that sets me off on a tangent in these musings. This week was no exception. I’m reading once again through the description of the ordination ritual for Aharon … Continue reading

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Random Musing Before Shabbat–T’rumah 5779-Redux 5763-Semper Paratus

Recycling an oldie but goodie from 2003 this week as other obligations press. Enjoy. Random Musing Before Shabbat – T’rumah 5763 Semper Paratus In previous years, I’ve written about the exactitude with which we are given instructions for the building … Continue reading

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Random Musing Before Shabbat–Mishpatim 5779-Infinitive Absolute

Hebrew uses grammatical structure, as other languages sometimes do, to add nuance to words and phrases, provide explicative assistance. Just yesterday I was subbing in a 7th grade English class where the teacher had task the students to fix up … Continue reading

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Random Musing Before Shabbat–Yitro 5779 – Bubble Bursting and a Potential Heresy

Ah, the frustrations of translation. Would that all of our students (and all of us) were versed and skilled enough in biblical and rabbinic Hebrew and Aramaic to attempt to parse words and meanings for ourselves. As I have told … Continue reading

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Random Musing Before Shabbat-Beshalakh 5779-Whose Fault Is That?

This one kind of wanders around a bit, never quite getting anywhere. Then again, maybe it does get somewhere. Then again, maybe the whole point is that it doesn’t. Figure it out for yourself. If, from my perspective, the Torah … Continue reading

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Random Musing Before Shabbat–Bo 5779–Adayin Ani Keretz

Still I am a Gadfly. Revisiting a musing from 2004, with new insights into myself and the topics at hand. In the Haftarah for parashat Bo, which is from Jeremiah 46:13-28, we read of Egypt’s punishment for her sins. Jeremiah … Continue reading

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