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Which (Jewish) Choices Are Opt In; Which Are Opt Out?

Seth Godin just posted a short piece on the incongruity of many opt in and opt out systems. “Every year, tens of thousands of people die because organ donor status in the US is opt in. If you want to be an organ donor when you’re dead, you need to go through steps now to opt in. The default is “no. Press releases, send by the billions, seem to have become opt out. If you don’t want... read more

NEW: The Condensed Guide to the Weekly Torah Readings

I am very happy to announce another resource for your Jewish bookshelf. Based on the feedback of Edible Torah readers, I’ve put together a free guide which lists a brief description of each Torah portion, in order, so you have a sense of what is going on without having to memorize the whole Megillah… I mean Chumash. Click the graphic on the left or use this link. The Condensed Guide to the... read more

The Dark Side of Light

The “Yotzer Or” prayer has, for a while now, held some enticing ideas for me. In the first sentence two verbs are used to indicate creation: “yotzer or u’vorei chosech” – “who forms light and creates darkness“. In common practice, the verb yotzer can be used by or about anyone. But borei? Only God can borei. Yotzer describes something that is formed, built,... read more

Shabbat Lech Lecha (Gen. 12:1-17:27)

http://www.jtsa.edu/PreBuilt/ParashahArchives/jpstext/lekhlekha.shtml From the chaos of Creation through the destruction of the Flood we now arrive at the upheaval of family change. Avram and Sarai leave everything they’ve known for the hinterlands of Canaan (with a few stops along the way). They encounter suspicion, engage in deception, attempt mis-direction and experience supernatural visitation.... read more

Holidays your Rabbi never mentioned

With the High Holidays behind us, we are now in the month “Mar Cheshvan”, or “bitter Cheshvan”. It’s considered bitter because there are no holidays at all this month, just a long stretch of ever-shorter days until we get to the Rosh Chodesh Kislev (the start of the next month of Kislev) and beyond that, Chanukah on the 25th of Kislev. However, I think many of our Clergy and... read more

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