Numbers (Bamidbar)

Balak 5774 – Time to Kill Balaam

July 4, 2014
Balak 5774 – Time to Kill Balaam

I don’t remember what I said that caused it, but early this morning as I was getting ready to head out on a bike ride I said something that caused my wife to respond “wow, you’re a little grumpy this morning.” Yeah, I was grumpy this morning. I’m probably not the only person in...
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Shelach 5774: Commandments, or Advice?

June 11, 2014
Shelach 5774: Commandments, or Advice?

Last November I wrote a blog post, “Does God Care if Women Wear Tefillin?” where I put forth the idea that God is a “big picture” sort of force, and all the details in the commandments (mitzvot), as interpreted by the rabbis, are really advice for us on how to align with that force....
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Bamidbar 5774 – Finding God in the Wilderness

May 22, 2014
Bamidbar 5774 – Finding God in the Wilderness

And the Lord spoke to Moses in the wilderness of Sinai …Numbers 1:1 Regular readers of this blog know that I’ve been spending a lot of time in the desert lately. My 35th day on the Israel Trail, back in February, was my first “real day in the desert.” I’ve now spent 8 days...
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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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