About Lisa Runquist

Lisa is one of the most unique and … odd … people one might have the opportunity to get to know. She is addicted to chocolate and ice cream, and has never met a book she didn’t like. She does not suffer fools gladly, but is happy to teach anyone who wishes to learn what she knows. After having practiced law for some 45 years, Lisa decided that the time has come (the walrus said) to concentrate her professional activities on advising other attorneys, by writing and speaking on nonprofit matters, consulting with attorneys when asked – especially related to governance issues, and serving as an expert witness in cases involving nonprofit organizations. The rest of her time is spent training and competing with her dogs, playing her French horn, learning Hebrew, and analyzing the scriptures and Kabbalistic writings. She figures by the time she is 578 years old, she will have been able to read all the books she has accumulated – providing she does not continue the practice of purchasing several new books each week.

Be Holy For I Am Holy

By |2024-05-29T19:24:57+00:00May 13th, 2024|Christian Thoughts, Torah Musings|

Kedoshim (קדשים) – Leviticus 19 -24 – is one of my favorite parashas of the Torah. It starts with the Lord directing Moshe to tell the people of Israel, “Be holy, for I am holy, I the Lord your God.” This is a fascinating idea – that we, as foolish and inept as we often feel, can and indeed are directed to be holy. The parasha then proceeds to summarize the rules that will allow us to be holy. We will look at just a few of these in this blog.

What Are the Jews to Do? – More Thoughts on Esther

By |2024-03-30T03:39:01+00:00March 21st, 2024|Torah Musings|

We have previously briefly discussed Esther and the attempt of Haman to destroy the Jews. After the king granted Esther's request to spare her life and ordered Haman to be hanged on the gallows which he had prepared for Mordechai, Esther and Mordechai were allowed by the king to write whatever they wished about the Jews in the king's name and seal it with the king's ring, to counteract the decree that Haman had previously issued allowing the Jews to be destroyed. So what was this new decree that Mordechai and Esther drafted? Let's break it down.

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