Archive for January, 2010

What's happening in Sheikh Jarrah is not fair

January 30, 2010
What's happening in Sheikh Jarrah is not fair

Friday afternoon is a time for getting ready for Shabbat, physically (cleaning the house, cooking, etc.) and spiritually (changing mental gears, reading, meditating, or I like doing yoga or running to clear my mind).  Yesterday I went for a pre-Shabbat run — but my destination was not particularly "Shabbos-dik."  I ran over to the...
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Beshalach 5770 — Are we redeemed?

January 28, 2010

What if the redemption had come, and no one noticed? At the start of this week’s Torah portion, Beshalach, the Jewish people are fleeing for their lives – running away from Pharaoh, ready to cross the Red (or Reed) Sea, and leave Egypt behind.  We are at the climax of “Yetziat Mitzrayim,” the Exodus...
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Haiti & the Dominican Republic

January 24, 2010

First of all, it goes without saying, our thoughts and prayers continue to be turned to the people of Haiti.  The mind boggles at the scale of devastation.  Latest estimates say 111,000 people dead — out of a total population of less than 10 million.  That would be like Israel losing 70,000 people at...
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Avatar the Messiah

January 10, 2010
Avatar the Messiah

WARNING: THIS POST CONTAINS "PLOT SPOILERS" FOR THE MOVIE AVATAR. In the course of the discussion, I will of necessity give away some plot points in the movie.  If you have not seen the movie, and don't want learn some of what happens, DON'T click on the "continue reading" link. On the other hand, knowing the plot...
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Guest blog: More from Lauri on the Conservative Movement

January 6, 2010
Guest blog: More from Lauri on the Conservative Movement

Following up on my comment in Barry's blog… First, I want to distinguish between the efforts of individual rabbis and those of the Conservative movement as a whole.  A rabbi who leads congregants to volunteer at a food bank may be reflecting the values of the movement, but is acting as an individual.  The...
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R. Abraham Joshua Heschel, z"l

January 3, 2010
R. Abraham Joshua Heschel, z"l

Today, the 18th of Tevet on the Jewish calendar, is the yartzeit (anniversary of the death) of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, who passed away in 1972. If you have not read any of Heschel's works, you should stop right now, and go to Amazon and buy two books: God in Search of Man, and...
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