Monthly Archives: December 2011

Parshat V’Yigash 2011-Protecting Your Name

When is it appropriate to pick a fight and when is it not? This is a question that has bothered me since I tend to a bit more lenient on the issue of whether I can throw down. However, in … Continue reading

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Parshat Miketz 2011-Empathy

I don’t know that most of us would have done what Yaakov did, to send down Binyamin to Egypt with his brothers after not only Yosef had disappeared years before but now the brothers had returned from Egypt before without … Continue reading

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Parshat V’ Yashev 2011-Suffering through Finals

Sometimes winning means just getting by. This was the first time I noticed this in this week’s parshah, but after the wife of Potiphar, Yosef’s master, tries to seduce him, Yosef is thrown in jail.  Away from his father Yaackov … Continue reading

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Parshat V’Yishlach 2011-Being Too Humble

How often do you need to apologize for something you did wrong?  What if you really did nothing wrong at all? There are seven occasions that Yaackov calls his brother Esau master.  Yaackov knew that he only had one master, … Continue reading

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Jewish Frats Cross the Atlantic

Frankly I have some mixed feelings about frats in general, but I can definitely understand the appeal and the draw.  And sometimes even the need: Jewish Frats in England I went to a school that didn’t have legal frats and … Continue reading

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Question-Can you be religious and violate secular law?

Question: What does Jewish law say about respecting the Law of the Land? Can one jaywalk, drive over the speed limit, or cheat on taxes, and still be religious? Answer:  There are two questions here that are somewhat related but not … Continue reading

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Parshat VaYetze 2011-Spirituality in Sleep

Summary: Yaackov ventures off to Syria to take a wife among his family and experiences his famous “Jacob’s ladder” vision. Yaackov first encounters his family and his cousin Rachel, who he falls in love with and wants to marry right … Continue reading

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The Crash and Burn of MySpace

It’s official-MySpace is going down for the count.  Reorganizing is the official term: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/myspace/8130097/MySpace-surrenders-to-Facebook-in-battle-of-social-networks.html So what happened?  I can’t really tell you too much since the account I have basically sits there and streams whatever stuff my other social media … Continue reading

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The Penn State and Syracuse Mess-Oh Boys…

Any time we hear about a sex scandal, particularly when it involves kid touching, we have our eyes glued to the story.  It’s kind of the same way when we see a car accident we look to see if someone’s … Continue reading

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