Archive for November, 2011

Toldot 5772 — Judaism and Evolution

November 28, 2011
Toldot 5772 — Judaism and Evolution

No, this is not a post about whether you can believe in both Judaism and evolution.  The answer to that one is obvious — of course, there are many Jews who believe in evolution.  The first Chief Rabbi of Palestine, Abraham Isaac Kook, said that evolution accords perfectly with the ideas of Kabbalah, that...
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A Visit to the Greek Patriarch

November 19, 2011
A Visit to the Greek Patriarch

Jerusalem, November 18, 2011 — It is utterly appalling that many teenage ultra-Orthodox Jews choose to express their disdain for Christianity by spitting at priests.First, I am appalled that they disdain Christianity, a “sister religion” to Judaism, whose adherents hold our Torah to be Holy Scripture and who worship the same God we do....
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Vayera 5772 – Cave Dwellers, Solar Panels, and Don’t Be Mean

November 14, 2011
Vayera 5772 – Cave Dwellers, Solar Panels, and Don’t Be Mean

Why were Sodom and Gomorrah destroyed  (as we read in this week’s Torah reading)?  The Torah calls them wicked and sinners, but other than wanting to have their way with Lot’s visitors, the Torah doesn’t tell us much else.  The rabbis offer several different explanations, including, corruption and thievery.  But in some ways one...
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Steve Jobs, z”l

November 10, 2011
Steve Jobs, z”l

Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, and I were all born in 1955 (in fact Bill Gates and I were born on the exact same day).  All three of us dropped out of school (I beat them to the punch and dropped out of high school; they didn’t drop out until college!).  All three of us...
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Lech Lecha 5772 — You go left, I’ll go right

November 4, 2011

 Seven years ago (!) I wrote the below d’var Torah on people who are opposed to the “two-state solution.”  It is really and truly depressing how little progress we have made in the last seven years.  Sigh.  Hence, this deserves reposting, since no doubt no one remembers it from seven years ago. Reb Barry...
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