Monthly Archives: September 2019

Rosh Hashanah 5780

One of my earliest non-work electronic pastimes was sharing jokes by email.  20 years ago, I sent some Rosh Hashanah jokes to a bunch of friends.  Then came Yom Kippur humor.  After Simchat Torah, I sent out some jokes related … Continue reading

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Nitzavim (Deuteronomy 29:9 – 30:20)

5779 is almost over.  The annual Torah reading will end and begin again a couple weeks after that.  Parashat Nitzavim is a pithy 40 verses, in which Moses summarizes what the Israelites must do: Choose life.  (30:19-20): “19 I call heaven … Continue reading

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Ki Tavo (Deuteronomy 26:1 – 29:8)

I am in a good mood.  It was such a lovely day today and likely will be tomorrow as well.  And before class, I had a scoop of delicious ice cream (French Vanilla flavored ice cream with bittersweet chocolate chunks … Continue reading

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Ki Tetse (Deut. 21:10 – 25:19)

Last week, we learned about pursuing justice to create a compassionate society.  This week, we read about 6 dozen laws that are meant to enable us to do that. The U.S. is not a theocracy.  However, I do get annoyed … Continue reading

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Shoftim (Deut. 16:18 – 21:9)

[I am getting over a GI bug, so the nuts-and-bolts description of what is in Shoftim, from “In verse 16:20” through “haughty heart” is mainly lifted from last year.  The rest is current.] The Israelites are progressing toward a fair … Continue reading

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