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09/30/2015 - 20:00 | | Special to the Jewish Week | Musings

The Torah warns the backsliding Israelites that they will “Grope in midday as a blind man gropes in darkness” [Deut. 28:29]. Of course, darkness is the same as midday to a blind man, but the Talmud reminds us that at midday the man can be seen, and others will help him.

09/22/2015 - 20:00 | | Musings

One of the many gifts my father left me was a few hundred index cards with rabbinic quotations, stories, quips and teachings. Looking through them the other day I found this clipping from one James Hodgson, who lived in Salt Lake City:

09/16/2015 - 20:00 | | Musings

It is commonplace to say that we are unique. The flip side is that except for you, the world is composed of other people.

09/08/2015 - 20:00 | | Musings

Rosh HaShanah is the only holiday without a limit. It literally celebrates everything.

09/01/2015 - 20:00 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Musings

Late there has been a spate of articles about howmuch people work. Those who spend more time atthe office are apparently less healthy than those whowork moderately.

08/25/2015 - 20:00 | | Special to the Jewish Week | Musings

The miracles of the Bible are mostly survival miracles: water splitting so the Israelites can cross, manna dropping in the desert so they can eat, the sun stopping in its course so Joshua can win a battle. But there are also what we might call miracles of extravagance — Samson’s strength or Jacob’s striped sheep. These are not miracles designed to help human beings survive, but to help them thrive.