Archive for November, 2008

Tragedy in Mumbai

November 29, 2008
Tragedy in Mumbai

This week a shadow was cast over Shabbat; we went into Shabbat knowing there was a major terrorist attack still under way in Mumbai (aka Bombay), and that just as Shabbat started the news came in that five bodies had been found at the Chabad House in Mumbai (Nariman House).  At shul (Moreshet Avraham...
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Toldot – Yakov & Obama ?

November 26, 2008

This week’s Torah reading opens with an epic struggle – even in the womb, Jacob (Yakov) is struggling with his twin brother Esau.  Esau is born first, but Jacob hangs on – and eventually supplants him in winning the birthright blessing from their father. Jacob, the younger brother, was something of scholar, at least...
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Vayera — Saving the Innocent??

November 14, 2008

Sometimes when I study the parsha, it leads me in a direction that feels not just "politically incorrect" to me, but troubling.  This is one of those weeks. This week’s parsha, Vayera, contains one of my favorite stories in the entire Torah: Abraham arguing with God on behalf of the people of Sodom.  Probably...
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Pictures of the sheep

November 10, 2008
Pictures of the sheep

If you don’t know why there are pictures of sheep in my car, click here to read the blog post "Sheep."  Further explanation unnecesary and redundant…  !  Tweet
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Sheep ?

November 4, 2008
Sheep ?

Sheep? OK, I get the point that God is sending me a message.  My car was stolen davka ON Yom Kippur, when I volunteered to lead services at a kibbutz in the Galillee.  And then the police found the car, on, of all days, Simchat Torah, a day which is one of the most...
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