Numbers (Bamidbar)

Life is not black and white

June 7, 2013
Life is not black and white

In the last two days I’ve had two very different op-ed pieces published in two very different publications. Yesterday I had a piece published in The Hill (an influential publication in Washington, DC) on “Fix the right patent problems.” My day job is taking care of marketing and PR for a US-based patent monetization...
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Bahaalotcha 5773 – Don’t be a Whiner

May 19, 2013
Bahaalotcha 5773 – Don’t be a Whiner

No one likes a whiner. Even Moses, the most humble man ever known – and surely one of the most patient – couldn’t take too much whining. Moses, who had the patience to sit on a mountain top for forty days and nights meditating and waiting for the Torah, reached his limit with the...
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Shelach 5772: Straying after your heart

June 17, 2012
Shelach 5772: Straying after your heart

Many haredim are so afraid that if they see women, they will be led astray to sin that they want to hide women – and images of women – in the public sphere, so as not to be tempted. Send women to the back of the bus. No pictures of women – not even...
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Matot 5771 — Angels and Demons

July 24, 2011
Matot 5771 — Angels and Demons

Your actions have cosmic significance. God not only cares about what you do, your actions have an influence in the heavenly realms. In this week’s Torah portion we read, “If a man vows a vow to the Lord, or swears an oath to bind his soul with a bond; he shall not break his...
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Balak 5771: Gaza, Hamas, and a Talking Donkey

July 7, 2011
Balak 5771: Gaza, Hamas, and a Talking Donkey

“Come then, put a curse on this people…For I know that he who you bless is blessed indeed, and he whom you curse is cursed.”  …Numbers 22:6 Balaam was a non-Jewish prophet (he talked to God, God gave him instructions) in the days when Israel was wandering in the desert.  He is famous as...
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Chukat 5771 — telling good from bad

July 1, 2011
Chukat 5771 — telling good from bad

And Moses made a serpent of bronze, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he looked at the serpent of bronze, he lived.   …Numbers 21:9 He (King Hezekiah) removed the high places…and broke in pieces the bronze serpent that Moses...
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