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Day 03 – Search

Perhaps more than any other narrative arc in Torah, the Yosef story is one of the subtle searching that we do throughout life. I’m not talking about why Yaakov didn’t search for Yosef when he was reported dead. I’m not talking about the fabricated search for the “special cup” among the sacks of brother’s wheat years later. Or even the existential search for faith and... read more

#BlogElul 02-Act

For me to say that Pinchas epitomizes the concept of a “man of action” is nothing new. Faced with a constellation of horrifying events – a plague decimating the tribes in the desert, rampant immorality spreading across the population, and the blatant desecration of the space God had designated as Kodesh (more than “holy”, the word carries the idea of being “separate,... read more

#BlogElul Day 01 – Prepare

It is 2:00 as I write this. I’ve just finished a 4 page, 2500-word letter to my oldest son, who tomorrow at the tender age of 16 will fly off to Yeshiva, the first person in our family (going back as many generations as I can trace) ever to do so. I will be flying with him from Cleveland to Missouri, along with 4 suitcases full of his cloths, books, and assorted Important Things ™. We’ve... read more

Shabbat Passover (Deut. 14:22 – 16:17 & Num. 28:19 – 28:25)

This is one of those rare years when there is not one, but TWO Shabbatot celebrated during Passover. That’s two opportunities to integrate the idea of the joy and relaxation of Shabbat along with the humility (lack of chametz) of Passover. However, the last full day of Passover is also a day when the novelty of Passover food has lost it’s lustre for many people. Most years, folks may decide to... read more

Shabbat Passover (Ex. 12:21 – 12:51 & Num. 28:16 – 28:25)

In the Haggadah, we read: “Let all who are hungry, come and eat” SO… limited only by your creativity and the category of food which you have been assigned AND the limitations of Passover food, please bring something which represents your hunger. Not sure what this Torah portion is about? You can find a brief summary in The Edible Torah’s “Condensed Guide to the Weekly Torah Readings”.... read more

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