Monthly Archives: May 2012

Pastor Dies From Snakebite

Not all religions are the same. Some really are teaching dangerous practices, and this guy should have learned his lesson seeing as how his father died the same way. http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/serpent-handling-pastor-profiled-earlier-in-washington-post-dies-from-rattlesnake-bite/2012/05/29/gJQAJef5zU_print.html

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Exam Board Under Fire for ‘Justify’ Anti-Semitism Question

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/156260#.T8Qy25lYszI

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Anti-Semitic “Text Bombing” on High School Student

Nice to know we’re loved: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/156249#.T8QwKZlYszJ

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Parshat BMidbar 2012-A Flag on the Play

Jews are not an ostentatious people, at least not as far as our religion is concerned.  Most synagogues are small and not so fancy on the outside at least, even if the congregation is large.  Our ceremonies are elaborate but how … Continue reading

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Shavuot-Why Would Anyone Convert

I ask a simple question and the answer is not so simple.  Why would anyone convert to Judaism?  There’s so many religions and we’re not proselytizing and some would say we are even pushing people away.  Even more than that, so … Continue reading

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Parshat Behar-Behokutai 2012-The Sanctity of Jerusalem Day

Not quite on everyone’s radar as holidays go is Yom Yerushaliyim, Jerusalem Day.  Because of the fact that Shavuot happens so soon after and people make such a big deal over Yom Ha’Atzmauot (Israeli Independence Day), Yom Yerushaliyim gets lost … Continue reading

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Shavuot at York-Almost About Shavuot

I came to York to discuss how Shavuot relates to the choice to become Jewish.  That’s not what it devolved into.  A lot of fun that you could learn something from too.  I preface: all views expressed by students do … Continue reading

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Parshat Emor 2012-Holier Than Thou?

Probably the biggest complaint leveled against clergy of basically any denomination is that they don’t practice what they preach.  Sometimes they will make statements about a particular problem in society that is relatively minor when they gloss over more major … Continue reading

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New Find Sheds Light on the Temple

In the rabbinic community, we like to preach that one should accept Judaism based on the weight of tradition and our own historical reports.  However, it’s always nice to get outside confirmation, not to mention the fact that any new … Continue reading

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Ban College Football??!!!

Believe me.  I’m just as PO’d as anyone about skyrocketing tuition costs, and I can certainly sympathize with people who hate the fact that some piece of meat gets a free ride in school while the rest of us have … Continue reading

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