Monthly Archives: June 2015

Parshas Balak — Bilam notices some of our shining points

In this week’s Torah portion two evil leaders and two wicked nations join forces to try to find a solution to “the Jewish problem”.  Anti-Semitism is as old as the Jewish people itself.  Hatred’s impact, however, only goes as far … Continue reading

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Dog and Perek Shira

reprinting, since one part of Bil’am’s stream of praises memorialized in this week’s Parshas is that we are a nation of dogs.   Continuing on in Perek Shira…from every force of nature, from every created thing, we can learn how … Continue reading

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When the Donkey Brays and When the Stupid Speak – Friendly Fire in Speech

You and I like to believe that we are of the saner side of the human race, those who do not want to inflict pain and harm on another person.  Yet, often, we end up doing just that, through thoughtless … Continue reading

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Writing Gone to Pot – Ethical Dilemna About Parnassah

Repost because someone asked me yesterday why there are certain jobs I wouldn’t take… I signed up for a freelance writing assignment.  And got assigned a gig on how to grow marijuana.  Okay. Deep breath (not of hashish, silly, but … Continue reading

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Just really a lead in to get you to Rabbi Tatz’s Shiur…

After the mistake with the rock and the stick, Moshe and Aharon find out they’re not going into the Promised Land.  Yet, we find a fascinating thing happening right after that.  Moshe should now want nothing further to do with … Continue reading

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Conforming to Conformity — or conforming to G-d!

For those of you not yet familiar with Herman Wouk, he is a master storyteller.  However, it is not the plays he wrote that became blockbuster movies or Broadway shows that I want to share with you today.  It is … Continue reading

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Rope Burn – Exactitude of Reparations

After the Torah reading each week, we read the “haftorah” which is either from the Prophets or from the Kesuvim.  The selection usually connects either with the Torah reading or with the time of the year that it happens to … Continue reading

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