Monthly Archives: February 2011

Parshat Vaekahel 2011-The House of Knowing G-d

The Mishkan (Tabernacle) occupied a relatively small part of the lives of Jews at the time, and is simply a topic of academic inquiry now. And yet, the Torah spends a significant amount of time dedicated to describing all of … Continue reading

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(Not So) Good Times in Libya

Everyone is very concerned for the people of Libya, but there are likely to be people lost in the shuffle. North African Jews will be suffering a new threat due to the revolutions that are spreading like wildfire. It is our responsibility to help these Jews, because no one else will. Continue reading

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The Jews of Christian Colleges

Keeping your Jewish identity on a Christian college campus is hard, or maybe not. I never had to do it myself, as a graduate of Brandeis Jewniversity. Being a small Jewish minority can actually present new opportunities for growth and … Continue reading

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Why DO people hate the Jews?

Honestly, I do not understand the amount of time dedicated to bashing Jews. I don’t like how people are so comfortable bashing Jews, and it seems to be especially okay on college campuses under the guise of academic freedom. I hope none of you have to deal with it but if you’re a small enough minority on your campus, you just might. Just know not to take it to heart. Sometimes people are just intolerant. Continue reading

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Parshat Ki Tisa 2011-The Price of Gold

Summary: The commanded to give a half-shekel for the building of the Mishkan is given. Some of the last commands about building the Mishkan are given: building the wash basin, the incense and making the famous anointing oil. The Jews … Continue reading

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Parshat Tetzaveh 2011-What is Beauty Really?

Summary: The instructions on how to light the Menorah (candelabrum) are given. The Cohen Gadol’s (High Priests) clothing is described in elaborate detail. The Cohen Gadol and family receive instructions of how to inaugurate the Mishkan. The command to built … Continue reading

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Pulling for the People of Egypt

The protests seemed to have died down a bit since I recorded this, but the worst may still be ahead. Some thoughts and concerns about the current protests.

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Parshat Terumah 2011-Imposing Natural Order

Beyond trying to talk up Judaism, it is more important for me to set the record straight on what it means to be a religious person. We are partners in Creation with G-d, and that means to do best by people, not to foster chaos in order to make a power grab. I hope those involved in the protests will look toward religious leaders who feel the same. Continue reading

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