Category Archives: Judaism

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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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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