Archive for March, 2011

Shemini 5771 — For Shame

March 24, 2011
Shemini 5771 — For Shame

   Moshe Katsav, former president of Israel, has no shame. That’s a bad thing. This week’s Torah portion, Shemini, contains an instruction from Moses to Aaron: “Moses said to Aaron, approach the altar and prepare your sin-offering…” (Leviticus 9:7).  Why does Aaron need to be told to approach the altar?  The midrash says it...
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Saying Kaddish

March 20, 2011
Saying Kaddish

  Today marks six months since my mother Maria passed away (If you want to know something about this remarkable woman, you can read the eulogy I gave for her by clicking here).  Six months that I have been a mourner.  I am over half way through the 11 months of making an extra effort...
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Shabbat Zachor 5771: Can we forget Amalek?

March 18, 2011

”Remember what Amalek did to you by the way, when you came forth out of Egypt; How he met you by the way, and struck at your rear, all who were feeble behind you, when you were faint and weary; and he did not fear God. Therefore it shall be, when the Lord your God...
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Thou shalt not murder

March 16, 2011
Thou shalt not murder

If the terrorists who murdered the Fogel family of Itamar were hoping to shock the Israeli public, they certainly did. If they were hoping to win the contest for who is more brutal, they won.  We concede.  As brutal as the Occupation is, it’s not as brutal as murdering babies in bed. What the...
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Vayikra 5771 — Do you hear God calling?

March 11, 2011

“And He called to Moses, and God spoke to him from the tent of meeting, saying:”  …Leviticus 1:1 Rashi tells us that even though God called out to Moses, only Moses heard the call, none of the rest of children of Israel heard the call. This does not, of course, mean that God did...
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Women of the Wall, Adar II, 5771

March 8, 2011
Women of the Wall, Adar II, 5771

On Monday, March 7, Women of the Wall held their monthly Rosh Chodesh (new month) services.  I have blogged on the subject before, click here to read some previous posts. There were a couple of things noteworthy in this month’s prayers. First of all, over on the men’s side, it was somewhat scarier than...
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