Tag Archives: tzitzit

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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Shelach (Num. 13:1 – 15:4)

Spies.  Surveillance.  Sanctioned and unsanctioned.  I took a course at Osher this spring on the workings of U.S. intelligence agencies.  It was given by a retired CIA operative.  I learned that the CIA is supposed to just gather intelligence, not … Continue reading

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Shelach (Numbers 13:1-15:41)

Spies. The Spy in Black (1939), Private Detective 62 (1933), Mata Hari (1932), British Agent (1934), Operator 13 (1934), Our Man in Marrakesh (1966), The Manchurian Candidate (1962), and North by Northwest (1959).  I guess Thursday was Spy Day at … Continue reading

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Shelakh-lecha (Num. 13:1 – 15:41)

This week: disaster.  Moses very publicly sends 12 chieftains into the Promised Land on a fact-finding mission concerning the people (strong or weak? few or many?), the country (good or bad?), towns (open or fortified?), and the land itself (rich … Continue reading

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Bo (Exodus 10:1 – 13:16)

I have been spending this week getting ready for AKSE Academy, an annual program sponsored by my synagogue (open to all, $12, don’t have to pre-register).  This year, I am both chairing it and giving a talk on Jewish thought … Continue reading

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Ki Tetse (Deut. 21:10 – 25:19)

First, a few words about the haftarot we’ve been reading, the seven Haftarot of Consolation between Tisha B’Av and Rosh Hashanah.  The 14th c. sage Rabbi David Abudarham described the seven as a dialogue (see Nehama Leibowitz, Studies in Devarim, … Continue reading

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Shelakh-lecha (Num. 13:1 – 15:41)

This week, we reach the low point in the story of the Israelites who escaped from Egypt.  The Lord commands Moses to send 12 leaders, one per landed tribeas scouts to spy out the land of Canaan.  Moses does so, … Continue reading

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