Category Archives: Parenting

“Elu v’elu’ are the words of the living God

(I had intended to write an entirely different essay on my interpretation of the sugyah in Sanhedrin dealing with the stubborn and rebellious son. But as I was scrambling to finish this article before Shavuot, I suddenly came up with … Continue reading

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In Tribute to Dr. C. Everett Koop (Oct.14, 1916 – Feb. 25, 2013)

I remember this story from my days as a rabbi in Philadelphia when Dr. Koop was chief of surgery at Children’s Hospital.  This story introduced me to the man who was to later become the Surgeon General. He impressed me … Continue reading

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Halakhic Innovation

I know this is a bit off-topic, but this article from today’s Haaretz is relevant to the general theme of my series on the evolution of the oral law. It raises a question we raised since our first class in … Continue reading

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Why Madonna didn’t show up to my Shavuot shiur (and what she missed: Part 2)

Part 2:  Hunting Elephants with Tag Clouds  The first elephant I wanted to catch was actually a pretty easy target: What did other mitzvot did people feel should be added to the list?  Teaching my son(s) Frisbee was my personal … Continue reading

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Why Madonna didn’t show up to my Shavuot shiur (and what she missed: Part 1)

Part 1. The List Madonna arrived in Israel just before Shavuot while I was busy putting together my presentation for Kehillat Yediyah’s  Tikun leil Shavuot (all-night learning session) – naturally I drew the 2:30 AM slot.  Of course, I didn’t expect … Continue reading

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