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Heaven and How to Get There: Whose Perspective

This week the SD was listening to a continuing legal education on trial tactics in personal injury cases. The SD tries to avoid bringing in the day job, but this was too illuminating. The lecturer started by paying homage to … Continue reading

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Bo: Materialism Israel v. Egypt

Sometimes you can go a whole week of reading the parsha on the bus, the train, waitingin line… and somehow you miss the gem. In Chapter 10 in the plague of darkness, Pharoah calls Moses and says, you and your … Continue reading

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Shmos: Moshe the Baby Model

The story in Parshat shmos is pretty well known. Pharoah and Egyptians enslave the Jews. Little Baby Moses is born. Moses is hidden for three months. He is then put in a basket and put into the Nile. Fortuitously, Pharoah’s … Continue reading

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Jews and Food: Pesachim page 40B-41

Jews and Food. It is cliche (like Irish and whiskey). A close friend once told me that we actually serve Hashem ritually by eating. These pages in pesachim reinforce this idea. In the mishna we are told that on passover … Continue reading

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Miketz: Chapter 42 Verse 9: Dressing Down

In Miketz Joseph is elevated to Viceroy due to his insights about Pharoh’s dreams and the upcoming famine. The brothers come to Egypt to buy food and stand before Joseph. Joseph sees them, recognizes them and then accuses them of … Continue reading

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Miketz: Chapter 42 Verse 9: Dressing Down

In Miketz Joseph is elevated to Viceroy due to his insights about Pharoh’s dreams and the upcoming famine. The brothers come to Egypt to buy food and stand before Joseph. Joseph sees them, recognizes them and then accuses them of … Continue reading

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Pesachim Pages 10-11: Chametz Search and Mr. Magoo

When the SD was little there was a cartoon character named Mr. Magoo. He went through life with his eyes closed. He was always about to fall off a cliff, fall into a ditch. Disaster as loomed that he did … Continue reading

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Vayatze: Gd’s Promse to Stick it Out with Us

In Chapter 28, line 15 Gd says to Jacob: Behold I am with you, I will watch you where all you go and will return you to the land. ” It sounds like Gd is talking directly to Jacob and … Continue reading

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Pesachim3: Passover The Holiday of Speech

The Talmud Pesachim starts with a mishna that say on the “ohr” (light) of the 14th we do a search for chametz. The Talmud then spends two pages discussing is “ohr” refer to day or night. Finally after several attempts … Continue reading

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Eruvin 100: What Type of Jew Are You

Eruvin 100 has a discussion about Shabbat and trees. It is prohibited to climb a tree on Shabbat. However, what happens if you forget and by accident climb a tree. Do you stay there until Shabbat ends or do you … Continue reading

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