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Silence, Grief and Water

In this week’s Torah reading, Hukkat, both Miriam and Aaron die, and Moses learns that he won’t be the one to lead the Israelites into the Promised Land. The people are in the 39th...

Korach, When Despair Leads to Disaster

I have always seen Korach, the character for whom this week’s Torah reading is named, as an example of how not to behave. That hasn’t changed, but as I began reading the parashah again,...

Tweeting Under The Influence?

It’s certainly no longer news that the reprise of Roseanne Barr’s show was cancelled following a tweet comparing Obama aide Valerie Jarrett to an ape. In trying to defend herself, she claimed that the...

Shabbat at Wendy’s, When Worlds and Values Collide

The saying in comedy that “timing is everything” pretty much applies to, well, everything. A couple of weeks ago, the independent documentary “Wendy’s Shabbat,” directed by Rachel Myers, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival....

What Were They Thinking???!!

When I subscribed to the Sunday The New York Times, the Magazine occasionally ran a featured called, “What They Were Thinking.” There would be a photo from several years earlier, and the subject or...

The Fire Within

This Shabbat is Shabbat haGadol, the Shabbat immediately preceding Passover, and traditionally, it was one of the two Shabbats where the rabbi would give a loooong sermon, the other being Shabbat Shuva, between Rosh...

Stepping up

Like many TV shows, my favorite, “The Big Bang Theory,” occasionally begins with, “Previously on The Big Bang Theory…” and shows a few snippets from previous episodes to bring us up to speed. After...

When the Kids are at the Table

And when your children say to you, ‘What is this service to you?’ You shall say, ‘It is the Passover sacrifice to the Lord, because God passed over the houses of the Israelites in...

The Blessing of Time, the Time for Blessing

A man went to the doctor for a battery of tests. When they were finished, the doctor came back into the room with a solemn look on his face. He said to the patient,...

Vayigash – Coming Near to Healing

The phrase, “bury the hatchet,” according several online sources, originated as an American Indian tradition, where tribal chiefs, especially the Iroquois, would bury their hatchets when they came to a peace agreement.” In a...