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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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…but it’s a derekh.

Several months ago, I joined an online discussion group for Rabbis.  It’s a wonderful forum that brings together rabbis from all streams and different parts of the world.  It’s for this reason that I enjoy the group so much.  We … Continue reading

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Abraham’s Tent

Tomorrow, January 5th,  marks the Tenth of Tevet, a dawn-to-nightfall fast day commemorating the beginning of the siege of Jerusalem in the first temple period (586 BCE).  As with other fast days during the year, more than one historical tragedy … Continue reading

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Why not a Holocaust Seder?

Today, I gave a student of mine a little pamphlet I received a number of years ago called “Megillat HaShoah” The Holocaust Megillah. I explained to her how uncomfortable I am about the ritualization of something that is so personal … Continue reading

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The Three Weeks — Jews Just Don’t Wanna Have Fun (preface)

Dani Sanderson — \”Just Me & My Surfboard\” — What if there were no \’bein hametzorim\’? Introduction A religious act or observance is a juncture of law, custom and superstition. It’s also an expression of belief in a system that … Continue reading

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ABSOLUT TALMUD

Talmud is the original “open-source” platform. Talmud is not Gemara.  Gemara denotes finality, a closed book.  Talmud is not closed, and it’s certainly not a book. Talmud is a verb, not a noun. We are Talmud, a living, open conversation, … Continue reading

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