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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Dick Laine, z”l (may his memory be a blessing)

May 18, 2014
Dick Laine, z”l (may his memory be a blessing)

I heard the sad news today that long-time friend Dick Laine passed away yesterday. Dick was a guy I found inspirational both personally and professionally. On the personal level, he took up running at the age of 50 when he found he couldn’t fit into his Army Reserve uniform (if my memory is correct...
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Bechukotai 5774 – Blessings and Curses

May 16, 2014

This week’s Torah reading, Bechukotai, contains the tokecha, the “rebuke.” God tells us if we follow the rules, things will be good for us and we’ll enjoy blessings.  And if we don’t follow the rules, things will be bad.  REALLY bad.  One verse says we’ll be eating our children. I never could connect with that...
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Israel Trail Days 40 and 41: Sde Boker to Makhtesh Ramon

May 15, 2014
Israel Trail Days 40 and 41: Sde Boker to Makhtesh Ramon

Day 40: May 4, 2014 Wikiloc Map: Sde Boker to Ein Shaviv Day 41: May 5, 2014 Wikiloc Map: Ein Shaviv to Makhtesh Ramon Day 40 Mileage: 12.8 (21km) Day 41 Mileage: 17.2 (27.7km) Total distance since Tel Dan: 521 miles / 840km These two days on the trail were the first time I...
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Emor 5774 – Don’t Use God’s Name as a Weapon

April 29, 2014
Emor 5774 – Don’t Use God’s Name as a Weapon

And the son of an Israelite woman, whose father was an Egyptian, went out among the people of Israel; and this son of the Israelite woman and a man of Israel strove together in the camp; And the Israelite woman’s son blasphemed the name of the Lord, and cursed. …Leviticus 25:10-11   God does...
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Two Minutes

April 28, 2014
Two Minutes

Today is Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. Here in Israel a two-minute siren just went off. The country mostly stops – cars pull over, drivers stand respectfully by their cars, everything just stops, for two minutes. I work from home; the one daughter who was at home at the time and I stood outside....
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