The Tragedy In Tuscon: Parashat B’shallah

The exception to my rule of thumb not to speak about directly about politics, the sole occasion when I will break that rule, is when I feel not speaking my mind is at odds with my conscience. It compels me to entertain perhaps the most controversial question emanating from the horror that took place in that parking lot in Tucson this week: […]

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No Mercy for Evil: Parashat Bo

Remember this funny story? A mother is watching her son play on the beach. She looks down to get something from her bag, and when she lifts her eyes he is gone, washed away. Frantic, she prays for his return, whereupon a great wave washes in, depositing him right back where he was last seen playing. She runs over and gives him […]

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Feeling All Whooshed Up: Parashat Va’eyrah

A Jewish person was feeling a bit depressed, so he went to see a psychiatrist, who showed him a collection of random ink blots and asked him what he saw.  The Jewish person stared at the blots for a full two minutes, then said, “Tell me doctor, are you Jewish?” “Why do you want to know that?” the doctor inquired.  “Well,” said […]

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God Believes In Us: Parashat VaYeitze

Wednesdays are my day off.  That’s when tinker around the house.  A bit of cleaning, a bin or two of laundry, a nice long walk with the dog.  I like to stay industrious.  This week, I broke a year’s worth of fallen branches and twigs into kindling for my fireplace this coming winter.  Then I vacuumed all the blinds.  Yes, it was […]

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