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Passover and the Bern

Posted by on Apr 19, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Bernie Sanders says that he’s Jewish, but not religious, and that he doesn’t know where his commitment to social justice comes from. I think of that when I think of Passover, our celebration of freedom — we were slaves but now we are free. But the key part of that sentence is “we were slaves”. We are asked to tell the Passover story as if we, ourselves,...

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The Slippery Slide

Posted by on Apr 12, 2016 in Blog | 2 comments

This week’s Torah portion continues with commandments of what is impure, and, if it can be made pure, how to do so.  These impurities are people with skin disease, which we now call leprosy; and the mould in a building. It ends with a woman’s menstrual cycle — the impurity of blood. At first glance, these pure/impure moments seem very clear: you are...

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Further thoughts on blogging and passion

Posted by on Mar 30, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

First, I want to apologize for sending out today’s post without a closer reading. I can see many mistakes I wish I had taken the time to correct.  New tricks to be learned for this old dog. I will persevere. And more thoughts about Nadav and Abihu:  it is, as I sa read...

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Torah Reading of the Week | 3/22/16

Posted by on Mar 23, 2016 in Blog, Torah Reading | 0 comments

Drash on Tzav Rabbi Em Mueller March 22, 2016   Lev. 6:1-6 tells us:   And Adonai spoke to Moses saying: COMMAND tzav Aaron and his sons saying they shall build a fire on the alter and keep it going night and day — a perpetual fire — esh tamid   I’d like to look at the relationship between the priests, and their maintenance of the perpetual...

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