Monthly Archives: August 2012

Parshat Ki Tetzei-An Unfortunate Series of Events

There seems to be a major misconception that just because the Torah says you CAN do something that you SHOULD do something.  If this really true, then every Orthodox man should venture to get married, divorce his wife, and then … Continue reading

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Q & A: Thinking About Taking Judaic Studies?

Question: Do you see the college classroom as the place for an inspiring Jewish learning experience? Answer: I hope that I’m going to answer this correctly, but how I’m understand this is that you are talking about taking Judaic studies classes, … Continue reading

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Parshat Shoftim 2012-Cruelty to Idolaters?

A major theme throughout the Torah, and specifically in this parshah, is the idea that idolatry is bad.  Real bad. Bad enough to receive the death penalty.  In a case mentioned here, bad enough where if a whole city (Jewish … Continue reading

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Israel Sixth Healthiest Country in the World

Israel 6th Healthiest in the World

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A Touchy Subject

Does penetration by any part of a male into any part of a female make the status of the girl change for her ketubah (marriage contract) in Jewish law or thought? See JVO for all answers.  Mine below: I understand … Continue reading

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Parshat Reeh 2012-The Problem of Populism

What’s so bad about cult leaders anyway? They inspire, they unite people toward a common cause, and they spread powerful messages.  And yet, the Torah tells us that someone who starts a cult and encourages others to worship another god … Continue reading

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A Belated Mazal Tov Aly!

I wanted to get this out after Aly Raisman won the gold on Tuesday but I was in Disney.  Computer access was limited.  I actually saw it happen.  The only day I caught the Olympics at all actually so I … Continue reading

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Parshat Eikev 2012-Not By Bread Alone…

I love how Devarim (Deuteronomy) 8:3 is quoted to sanction the indulgence of just about anything: sports, philosophy, even drugs.  How can a 40 year old history teacher justify dropping $500 on a box of cigars (actually I think that … Continue reading

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What is a rabbi?

I’m a rabbi.  But what gives me the right to call myself one?  It’s not just a term to throw around. <iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”http://www.youtube.com/embed/5DwE5OOeodI” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>

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G-d be With You Snoop Lion

Some may think he’s getting old but I think he’s growing up. Snoop Dogg is conveying the right message in dropping the rap image and discovering his spiritual side, and in the process deciding to make music that people of … Continue reading

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