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05/04/2016 - 09:53 | | Musings

Humor is the balancing pole of the tightrope of life, and Jews have always used humor to remain upright. So, for example, the Talmud teaches that if a fledgling bird is found 50 cubits within a man’s property, it belongs to the owner of the property. If it is outside 50 cubits, it belongs to the person who finds it. A reasonable law, surely.

04/27/2016 - 08:59 | | Musings

So Moses said, ‘I must turn aside now and see this marvelous sight, why the bush is not burned up.’ When the LORD saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, ‘Moses, Moses!’

04/20/2016 - 08:54 | | Musings

After drinking the third cup of wine at the seder, we open the door for Elijah and speak harsh words, asking God to pour out wrath on those who have devastated Jacob and laid waste to his dwellings.

04/13/2016 - 08:34 | | Musings

You can find almost every important Jewish value in one ceremony, the Passover seder:

1. The story: The story of our people — biblical, rabbinic and beyond — retold through the generations, always with new interpretations.

04/06/2016 - 08:59 | | Musings

Ours is the age of translation. There are more Jewish texts available in English than in any language at any time in history. Not only are Hebrew and Aramaic texts translated, but also works in Yiddish, Ladino, German, French and the countless other languages Jews have spoken throughout the centuries.

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.”