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03/29/2016 - 19:05 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Musings

All of the Torah points to arriving in the land of Israel. How is that grand arrival announced? Right before the conquest of Jericho, in Joshua, (5:11-12) we read: “On that day when they ate the produce of the land, the manna ceased. The Israelites got no more manna.”

03/23/2016 - 09:15 | | Musings

A little over a year ago, my daughter told me how my Apple iPhone counts my steps each day.

03/16/2016 - 09:06 | | Musings

All discovery creates new senses of possibility. The motto on the crest of Ferdinand and Isabella had been ne plus ultra — no more beyond. After Columbus discovered America, the ne was removed. Now the crest read: beyond this, more.

03/09/2016 - 08:57 | | Musings

In Torah class we are studying the Song of Songs. Verse 3:1 reads: “Upon my couch at night I sought the one I love. I sought but found him not.” Sometimes we feel another most keenly through absence.

03/01/2016 - 22:33 | | Musings

How often do I hear people praised for not judging others? I know the point — such people are not harsh, they are not unkind, they do not judge character by reckoning irrelevancies. But there is no merit in not judging; rather there is great merit in judging fairly and kindly.

02/24/2016 - 10:30 | | Musings

In Judaism, learning is part of piety. While the ideal of the simple, righteous person exists in Judaism, far more common is the person whose reverence flows from erudition. A Talmid chacham, a learned individual, is also assumed to be a good person.