Tag Archives: Amalek

Beshalach (Exodus 13:17-17:16), Shabbat Shirah, Tu B’Shvat

I love singing.  But what I like best is not simply singing per se, though I do sing in the shower, enjoy chanting liturgical texts, and have dabbled in karaoke.  It’s singing in a chorus. Since I’m an alto, my … Continue reading

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Ki Tetse (Deut. 21:10 – 25:19)

(largely built from 2015’s and 2016’s comments) Last week: an overall vision of a just and compassionate society and a framework within which it can be carried out.  The Israelites were commanded to pursue justice and sweep away evil.  This … Continue reading

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Tetsaveh (Exodus 27:20 – 30:10), Shabbat Zachor (Deut. 25:17-19), Purim

It’s still February.  I’ve already watched my February movie (Enchanted April, 1991) and it helped for several hours.  But that was a few days ago.  And this idiotic talk about arming teachers with guns is particularly irritating.  Some people have … Continue reading

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Beshallach (Exodus 13:17-17:16), Shabbat Shirah, Tu B’Shvat

Shabbat Shirah – the Sabbath of Song.  How appropriate, since tomorrow is also the birthday of both Mozart and my daughter.  More on singing below. When we last left the Israelites, they were not yet singing.  Pharaoh now realizes he … Continue reading

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Ki Tetse (Deut. 21:10 – 25:19)

For a change, the storm that occupies our attention this week is physical, not metaphorical.  The description by one Texas official of Harvey as a one-in-1000-years storm I fear is not the case.  But, as in most disasters, we get … Continue reading

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Tetsaveh (Exodus 27:20 – 30:10), Shabbat Zachor (Deut. 25:17-19), Purim

A fashion line for an elite.  A new leader shows himself to be less than competent, is delegitimized, and will later sink into madness.  Code hacking.  And though an administration’s inner circle has close Jewish connections, the real power behind … Continue reading

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Vayikra (Leviticus 1:1 – 5:26), Shabbat Zachor (Deut: 25:17-19), Purim

Interesting mix of moods this week: We start Leviticus (Vayikra) with instructions for sacrifices; remember an ancient enemy of the Israelites and the failure of Saul as king; and, on Purim (Wednesday night and Thursday), read how a nice Jewish … Continue reading

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