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13 07, 2024

Holy Cow!

By |2024-07-15T01:33:53+00:00July 13th, 2024|Christian Thoughts, Torah Musings|

Parsha Hukat, beginning with Numbers chapter 19, begins with a provision that has puzzled the sages over the years.  It starts by saying, "The Lord spoke to Moshe and Aharon: 'This is the decree of the Law that the Lord commands.' It then goes on to lay out the decree concerning the Red Cow. "What is the meaning and purpose of the Red Cow decree contained in Parsha Hukat? It may not be what you think.

4 07, 2024

We Shall Bear Witness – Part 1

By |2024-07-07T16:57:29+00:00July 4th, 2024|The Holocaust/ the Shoah|

In 2019, my husband Mike and I participated in a tour through Poland.  I was driven to go; I did not know if there would be another similar opportunity, and although I had read many books about the holocaust - the Shoah - I felt it would be important to actually see what I could for myself.  It was pretty devastating. We came away with the determination that this could never happen again. However, less than 5 years later, on October 7, 2023 Israel experienced an unexpected and tragic attack which was worse than anything that has occurred to the Jewish community since World War II and which has been followed, to our dismay, by an outbreak of antisemitism throughout much of the world including the United States. It has therefore become evident to us that we cannot be silent, and we must bear witness. This is my first attempt.

7 07, 2024

We Shall Bear Witness – Part II

By |2024-07-14T05:18:52+00:00July 7th, 2024|The Holocaust/ the Shoah|

In 2019 we visited Poland.  In part 1 of this discussion, we provided some background, and discussed the devastation of the synagogues, the cities and the ghettoization of Poland.  The next part is how and why did the Germans kill six million Jews?  How could people simply let themselves be transported to an unknown future? And what happened to these people when they were transported out of their cities and towns?

13 05, 2024

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.

21 03, 2024

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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