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About yisraelmedad

I am a revenant, that is, a Jew who has returned to his historical homeland. I live in Shiloh, the pre-monarchy capital of the Israel tribal federation where I have lived with my family since 1981. I have been in Israel since 1970. Previously, I have worked in the Knesset, as a parliamentary aide, in Government, as an advisor to a Minister and Deputy-Minister, as director of Israel’s Media Watch, and now retired Director of Information Resources at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center after 17 years. I have now been appointed Deputy Editor to the critical anthology edition of Jabotinsky's Writings in English.

Tablets, Up, Down

This week’s parsha, Ki Tisa, contained the episode of the breaking of the tablets. Did they become too heavy and Moses had to drop them? How did he drop them? Did he throw them down of his own accord? Which … Continue reading

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The Hesitating Jew

I find the story of the saving of Lot by angels, or Divine messengers, as one that linguistically can get complicated. It is found in Genesis 19. [What follows is a summary of what I said at the table of … Continue reading

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Ellul, From Sanctuary to Sanctity

The month of Ellul is often presented as an acronym, usually as  אֲנִי לְדוֹדִי וְדוֹדִי לִי a verse in Song of Songs: I am my beloved’s, and my beloved is mine Some are humorous configurations, like אני לאומן ואשתי לחמותי … Continue reading

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A Vision Was What Was Required

Why was Moshe Rabeinu punished for striking the rock, rather than speaking to it? And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying: ‘Take the rod, and assemble the congregation, thou, and Aaron thy brother, and speak ye unto the rock before … Continue reading

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Out of Order But In Order

This past week’s parshah, that of Korach, Numbers 16, presented me with a problem. I wished to say a dvar Torah at the table of Dr. Sophie Simons here at Shiloh, but was stumped. The parsha starts off so: 1 … Continue reading

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Bring In The Seder Early

The Talmud at Tractate Pesachim 108b-109a relates that we distribute to them [children] parched ears of corn and nuts on the eve of Passover, so that they should not fall asleep, and ask [the ‘questions’]. It was related of R. Akiba … Continue reading

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Tuna for Passover

Pesach is a complicated and complex holiday. We do not sacrifice a lamb, although we should and actually could and at least practice for the event. But we do banish chometz and any and all manner of leavened bread and grains. … Continue reading

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