Monthly Archives: September 2011

Rosh Hashanah, Ha’azinu (Deut. 32:1-52), Shabbat Shuvah

Rosh Hashanah starts tonight.  And so begins the thirteenth year of Torah Portion Humor (I’d really like a better name for it).  YAY!! Ahem.  Rosh Hashanah starts tonight.   It’s not really like the other Biblical major holidays.  There’s little … Continue reading

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Erratum and Addendum: Nitzavim-Vayelekh (Deut. 29:9-31:30)

OK, so I can’t count any more. Last week I wrote: “This week, we read a short double portion.  No, that’s not an oxymoron. Nitzavim (Deut. 29:9-30:20) and Vayelekh (Deut. 31:1-30) together encompass only 69 verses, maybe half of a … Continue reading

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Nitzavim-Vayelekh (Deut. 29:9-31:30)

[If you’re looking for the jokes, they follow the commentary]               This week’s musings are written in memory of my cousin David, who passed away last week.  He actually read what I wrote, occasionally responded, shared my emails, and sent … Continue reading

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Ki Tavo (Deuteronomy 26:1 – 29:8)

        Anyone who has spoken with me today has noticed a certain incoherence in the exchange, probably more than usual, exacerbated by lack of sleep and an end of the week realization that it is indeed the end of the … Continue reading

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Ki Tetse (Deut. 21:10 – 25:19); 9/11 tenth anniversary

I wrote this less than a week after 9/11/2001, on the eve of Rosh Hashanah: As I type this, I hear the “Dona Nobis Pacem” (“Give Us Peace”) section from a recording of Schubert’s Mass in G.  Right now, it … Continue reading

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Shoftim (Deut. 16:18 – 21:9)

  I have very mixed feelings about the legal profession. On the one hand, in more than one instance, I have seen money, time, and emotional energy spent on legal matters far beyond any sort of practical justification (cf. Dickens’ … Continue reading

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