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Random Musing Before Shabbat–Tazria-Metzora 5778–Excessive Prevention (Redux 5770)

Life interfered with my ability to create a new musing this week. How fortunate that just this week in the news we are learning news about new flu strains and drug-resistant infections once again – just as it was 8 … Continue reading

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Random Musing Before Shabbat–Sh’mini-Machar Chodesh–Drops That Sparkle (Redux and Revised from 5774)

Once again, this Shabbat has a special haftarah reading. Since the new month, Iyyar, begins after sundown on Shabbat, we read the special haftarah for machar chodesh – tomorrow is the (new) month. So even though it has only been … Continue reading

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Random Musing Before Shabbat – Shabbat 22 Nissan 5778 – OTD: On and Off the Derekh?

This is one of those weird situations one encounters in the world of liberal Judaism. In the traditional world (and for most Conservative and even Reconstructing Jews) it’s not an issue at all. Observing 8 days of Pesakh is the … Continue reading

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Random Musing Before Shabbat–Pesakh 5778–Odds and Ends

Some odds and end for this Pesakh. An odd. Mah nishtanah hehaftarah hazot mikol haftarot? Why is this haftarah different from all the other haftarot? In the haggadah, we ask why on other night we do not dip our foods, … Continue reading

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Random Musing Before Shabbat–Tzav/Shabbat HaGadol 5778–After You, G”d.

I’ve got problem with the haftarah for Shabbat HaGadol – Malachi 3:4-24. In previous musings on this haftarah I’ve held it up as an example of G”d’s infinite patience and forgiveness. I talked about how the charges that G”d levels … Continue reading

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Random Musing Before Shabbat–Vayikra 5778–Kol Cheilev (Revisited)

[Originally written in 2003, I offer a revisiting of this musing.] Blood and sacrifice. Burnt offerings. Washing innards, Arranging body parts. Wringing pigeon necks, and tearing their wings off. Burning grain cakes. Flinging blood. Guilt offerings. Sin offerings. Offerings for … Continue reading

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Random Musing Before Shabbat–Vayakhel-Pekudei 5778–There IS Business Like Show Business

My musings on this parasha are among my favorites, and I commend them all to you. They’re all listed and linked, as usual, at the end of this musing. This week, a new musing, rather than a recycling – although … Continue reading

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