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Is Religion a Good Thing?

Is religion a good thing? For the last few years, it has been a question that seems to loom over many of us. There definitely are sides. There are atheists and religious fundamentalist positions vying for their one Truth, and

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Posted in Baal, Bamot, Divine Revelation, Golden Rule, Talmud, Tannaim, Uncategorized

Mishpatim 5768: Halakah and Aggadah, Bittersweet Joy.

For the first time in the Torah cycle, there is very little narrative, found only at the end of the parsha. This week is a continuation of the same day God gave the Ten Commandments on Sinai, with God giving

Posted in Baba Kama, Civil Law, Exodus, Talmud

Parshat Vayigash 5768: The Five Men

This week Judah pleads for the freedom of Benjamin, and is so moving Joseph reveals that he is their brother in a fearful and tearful reunion. Eventually Jacob and the whole Mishpocha comes down to Egypt. They all live happily

Posted in brothers, Genesis, Joseph, Midrash, Talmud

Nitzavim-Vayelech 5767: The Oven and the Gates

Deuteronomy 29:9-31:30 This week, in a double portion we have the last of Moses’ speech to the people. One very well known passage from this week’s reading is this one: 11. For this commandment which I command you this day,

Posted in Duteronomy, Eliezer, Gamliel, NItzvvim, not in heaven, Oven of Aknai, Talmud, Tannaim

Hag Sameach: The Whole Megilah E- book

Hello Folks! I had an Idea last night of something that can help both you and me For several years I have been working on an illustrated translation of the Book of Esther, complete with Commentary from Talmud, Midrash and

Posted in E-book, Esther, Midrash, Purim, Talmud