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01/19/2016 - 22:08 | | Musings

‘You shall arise as a lion each morning to do the will of your Creator.” That stirring sentence opens the Shulchan Aruch, the Jewish code of law. It reminds us that at the heart of the Jewish tradition is the conviction that there are things worth fighting for.

01/13/2016 - 08:48 | | Musings

The word describing the basket in which Moses is placed as an infant is “tevah,” the same word used to describe Noah’s ark. Many commentators draw the parallel between the man who saved the world and the man who saved the Jewish people.

01/06/2016 - 09:55 | | Musings

The sages of our tradition were very wary of anger. “Rabbah, son of Rav Huna, said: “When one loses his temper, even the Divine Presence is unimportant in his eyes” [Nedarim 22b]. While not denying the possibility that righteous anger can exist, repeatedly the Rabbis warn against anger, which is like a boiling pot that overspills and scalds everyone nearby.   

12/23/2015 - 08:56 | | Musings

Great love stories have obstacles. Boy meets girl, boy marries girl is not a plot; there must be mishaps, distance, reconciliations, passions overcoming everything that seems to threaten the romance. The chambermaid must find the Prince, or the lovers from two warring families embrace.

12/16/2015 (All day) | | Musings

Speaking to another human being, one brings a fullness to the encounter. We look each other in the eyes and relate person to person. With a machine, we are inevitably partial; most of us remains hidden; it is an event of bits and bytes, not of being.

12/08/2015 - 19:00 | | Musings

Chanukah is post-biblical and there is no scriptural mention of the holiday. Why then does the blessing say God “commanded us” to light the Chanukah lights? Where does that command come from?