Category Archives for "Weekly Words Archive"

Jun 21

20 June 2019

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Dear Friends, Last Shabbat, as typically happens a few times a year, we didn’t yet have a minyan at the time when we were meant to begin the Torah service. Without a minyan, we skip the Torah service and go right to the Haftarah. From the point of view of halakhah this is a loss– though I’m […]

Jun 13

13 June 2019

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Dear Friends, This week, in Parashat Naso, we read: “… [the Nazir] shall abstain from wine and any other intoxicant; they shall not drink vinegar of wine or of any other intoxicant, neither shall they drink anything in which grapes have been steeped, nor eat grapes fresh or dried.” (Numbers 6.3) Naso introduces several aspects […]

Jun 06

6 June 2019

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Dear Friends, This is the Petrified Forest National Park in Northern Arizona: It’s a magical place– though not for any obvious reason. Really, all it is is a 230 square mile park which is almost entirely empty, except for the petrified trees which lived there during the Triassic period, 225 million years ago. As a […]

May 30

30 May 2019

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Dear Friends, Often, when I talk to people who tell me they’re an atheist, I can be a bit dismissive. This isn’t because I have any issue with questioning faith or with the idea that one might struggle to connect with God. Rather, it is because I have met very few people who were genuinely […]

May 24

23 May 2019

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Dear Friends, Today is Lag Ba’Omer, a very uncreatively-named Jewish holiday (Lag or ל״ג is simply the way to write 33 in Hebrew), which falls on the 33rd day of the Omer– the time that bridges the divide between Pesach and Shavu’ot. Whereas many Jews observe a variety of mourning customs during the Omer (no […]

May 16

16 May 2019

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Dear Friends, It may have escaped your attention with all the (other) horrible news these days, but one of the strangest recent developments is that Steve Bannon, former advisor and key strategist of the Trump campaign, has recently taken up residence in a remote Italian monastery. This is not, unfortunately, a result of him seeing […]

May 09

9 May 2019

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Dear Friends, I’m sure many of you will agree: there are many confusing and often jarring aspects of contemporary Israeli society and culture. Yet, personally, I think none is stranger than the extreme switch between the two chief days of the secular calendar: Yom haZikaron and Yom haAtzma’ut. Today (Wed night-Thur night) is Yom haAtzma’ut […]

May 03

2 May 2019

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Dear Friends, This week marks the first anniversary of “A Thought for Thursday”. I can’t believe it’s been a year already! As always, I welcome any feedback, questions, reviews, or suggestions for topics! Thanks for your support and for the many people who have come up to me and written to me to share that […]

Apr 29

25 April 2019

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Dear Friends, With the horrifying news coming out of Sri Lanka over Pesach, we find ourselves with yet another atrocity perpetrated in the name of ideology over which to grieve. With over 300 killed in at least three locations, this horrifying attack on Sri Lanka by a relatively unknown Islamist group in the country is […]

Apr 04

4 April 2019

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Dear Friends, Believe it or not, we are only a little more than two weeks away from the start of Pesach! Timed this year to coincide with a different sort of exit (or not), the Exodus from Egypt is the impetus for our biggest festival. Yet, for many, observance of Pesach has been mired in […]

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