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Random Musing Before Shabbat–Bo 5778–Sub-contracting Death

Ah, the difficulties of trying to be unique. I’ve spent the better part of this week laying out the theme for my musing for parashat Bo. Along the way, I have, of course, looked at many other resources. Wouldn’t you … Continue reading

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Random Musing Before Shabbat–Va’era 5778–Careful The Words You Boast

My mother Goldie (z”l) passed away this past August at the age of 92. She would have been 93 in another 8 days from today had she lived. Years ago, I wrote a musing for this parasha based around an … Continue reading

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Random Musing Before Shabbat–Sh’mot 5778–Logic and Metaphysics (revisted)

Sometimes, I look back on things which I have written and wonder how I could have possibly thought that way. Anyone who has followed these musings over their 20 year history can often see the shifting of my positions over … Continue reading

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Random Musing Before Shabbat–Vayekhi 5778–Unethical Will? (Revised 5761)

Who is he kidding? This man conspired with his Mother to steal his older brother’s birthright. Early in his life he told G”d he would only be his G”d if everything worked out alright on his journey. And this after … Continue reading

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Random Musing Before Shabbat–Vayigash 5778–Two Sticks as One (Revised 5767)

I remember seeing, many years ago, at a CAJE Conference, one of Kenny Ellis’ shtick routines – he would hold up a carrot in one hand and say in a thick Israeli accent “one gezer” (gezer is Hebrew for carrot … Continue reading

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Random Musing Before Shabbat–Miketz/Hanukkah 5778–Yodim Atem Likhvod Mah?

I love finding interesting connections/coincidences. (Which of course always make me wonder how coincidental they really are.) There’s a popular contemporary Hanukkah song, אָבִי הִדְלִיק נֵרוֹת לִיוְשַׁמָּש לוֹ אֲבוּקָה –יוֹדְעִים אַתֶּם לִכְבוֹד מַה?לִכְבוֹד הַחֲנֻכָּה! Avi hidlik neirot liV’shamash lo avukahYodim … Continue reading

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Random Musing Before Shabbat–Vayeishev-Spirals

A decade ago I looked at the words of Amos 3:3 (from the haftarah for this week’s parasha, Vayeishev) and worked to find an expansive meaning in its words: Can two walk together without having met? I argued, at that … Continue reading

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