Monthly Archives: January 2011

Why do (Orthodox) Jews care so much about little details rather than the important stuff?

Jews seem too focused on rules and not “substance”. These religious “quality of life crimes” can actually make a significant impact on a person for the better, even if the other person is not living up to their own potential as a human being. Continue reading

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Parshat Mishpatim 2011

Summary This is the first of a number of parshiot that involve legal rather than historical accounts. Some of the laws mentioned here have to deal with the treatment of slaves, capital punishment, treatment of the poor, and monetary matters. … Continue reading

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What the Bleep We Should Know

Honest skepticism is a valuable thing. If something doesn’t seem right, look into it. I’m really glad I did. A review of the movie “What The Bleep Do We Know” and what I discovered about it. Continue reading

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Parshat Yitro 2011-The Ten Jewish Commandments

A short comparison between the Ten Commandments of Biblical fame and the Ten Indian Commandments of poster-on-my-friend’s-wall fame. Continue reading

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A Positive View on the Giffords Shooting

Here is a piece I recently posted on my YouTube account about the Tuscon shooting. I have seen that the news has moved on from this story but there is so much more to say. This unfortunate incident will have … Continue reading

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Bshalah 2011-Reflections on an Assassination Attempt

Summary The Jews finally leave Egypt and travel toward the desert. Pharaoh changes his mind and chases the Jews down. The Jews arrive at the Red Sea (Yam Soof). The sea splits in front of them. The sea implodes on … Continue reading

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Parshat Bo 2011

Summary Egypt gets hit with the last three of the plagues: locust, darkness, and slaying of the first born. The last plague was the last straw for Pharaoh and he sent the Jews packing. The Jews received the first two … Continue reading

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A New Beginning: The Spring Semester

Here is a piece written by Dr. Lawrence Kotkin, a professor of psychology at St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue, NY on what he expects from his students. He thinks this might be helpful for students coming into the new semester. Continue reading

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Parshat Va’eira 2010-What We Can Learn by Assaulting Frogs

Summary Moshe is appointed to the task of warning Pharaoh that if he does not let the Jews leave Egypt, the Egyptians will suffer greatly. The famous ten plagues begin. In this portion, seven are mentioned. The plagues were used … Continue reading

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