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11/30/2016 - 09:47 | | Musings

There are different kinds of worth. This is illustrated in the old story of an entrepreneur who approaches a fisherman with an idea for a business. He can sell his catch for a higher price, buy a bigger boat, franchise, make a fortune and live a life of leisure. “What would I do with all that money and leisure?” he asks. “Why, you can spend your life lazing in a boat, fishing!”

11/23/2016 - 08:49 | | Musings

Do you know when to bow? When to stand up? Do you avoid synagogue because it is alien?

You’re an immigrant.

Not to the U.S. of course, but to Jewish prayer.

11/16/2016 - 08:49 | | Musings

Can we talk money? I mean, religion and money. 

Every religious organization I know has to raise money. Synagogues raise money all the time, because dues, high as they may seem, never cover the expenses of the synagogue. Yet people feel that having to pay money to pray to God is unseemly. 

11/09/2016 - 12:57 | | Musings

Although the morning blessings are now recited in synagogue, originally each was tied to a morning activity. The blessing “who opens the eyes of the blind” was said when we first opened our eyes. “Who clothes the naked” was when we dressed, and so forth.

11/02/2016 - 10:21 | | Musings

When God exiles humanity from the Garden of Eden at the beginning of the Bible, God stations a spinning sword at the mouth of the garden. That sword prevents humanity from re-entering the garden.

10/27/2016 - 10:23 | | Musings

In the seven days of Creation, the second is distinguished by not being called “good.” Why is that?