Archive for June, 2011

Korach 5771 — Why can’t we all get along?

June 24, 2011

This week’s Torah reading, Korach, starts out with Korach and his band of followers challenging the leadership of Moses, saying “Aren’t we all holy?  Weren’t we all at Sinai? What makes you so special?”   It’s a very troubling story, both for what Korach did — seeking his own glory — and for what...
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Shelach 5771 — Miracles and Wonders

June 17, 2011
Shelach 5771 — Miracles and Wonders

And the Lord said to Moses, How long will this people provoke me? And how long will it be before they believe me, for all the signs which I have shown among them?   …Numbers 14:11 It’s pretty rare to see God seem to get something wrong.  Maybe it’s why God gave us free will;...
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I Shall Not Hate

June 12, 2011
I Shall Not Hate

I’m a pretty macho guy.  I’m a black belt, flight instructor, SCUBA Divemaster.  My father and grandfather were both cops, and we had “macho values” at home like “boys don’t cry.” “I Shall Not Hate: A Gaza Doctor’s Journey on the Road to Peace” made me cry.  I have trouble imagining someone who could...
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Rabbis Against “Price Tags”

June 9, 2011
Rabbis Against “Price Tags”

  Early Tuesday morning extremist settlers set a mosque on fire in the West Bank town of Mughayar.  Graffiti they left at the site explictly said it was a “price tag” for the Israeli government’s evacuation of the illegal outpost of Alei Ayin.  You can read more about the incident here. I visited the...
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Shavuot 5771

June 7, 2011

 It’s now 49 days and 20 hours of the omer…Shavuot will be here in a few hours. The time count is appropriate because we’ve been counting for the last seven weeks already…counting the days until we reach tonight.  Seven weeks ago we celebrated Passover and spiritually left behind “Mitzrayim,” our narrow place, and started...
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In Praise of Jerusalem

June 1, 2011
In Praise of Jerusalem

  I realize my last post about Yom Yerushalayim comes across like one big “kvetch.”  It might lead a reader to wonder, “so why live in such a crazy place?” The truth is, the things I love about living in Jerusalem far outweigh the things that bug me.  I suppose I had to kvetch...
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