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Some thoughts about the week’s Torah portion.

Who’s This Korach Guy?

This week’s Torah portion is named “Korach.”  This is surprising because the rabbis – who created the system of dividing the Torah into portions and naming them – considered him a demagogue or a rabble-rouser.  Yet, not only is his … Continue reading

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How Long Does It Take?

The major league draft is over and Luke Heimlich was not drafted. “Big deal,” you might be thinking, “neither was I!” However, unlike Luke Heimlich, you were not the Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year the past two years, a lefty … Continue reading

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Real Wolves

We are all familiar with the story of the boy who cried, ‘Wolf.’ It was probably an old story when Aesop wrote it down over 2,500 years ago. A bored shepherd boy looking after the village’s sheep decided to call … Continue reading

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Sharing the Blessing

It’s just about Memorial Day weekend and this is the Torah Portion that has the Priestly Blessing in it. That makes me think of weddings. Apparently the JTA (which is the Jewish version of the AP or Reuters) was thinking … Continue reading

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You Count!

How many were peaceful? How many were members of terrorist organizations? How many were armed? How many were shot? How many were injured? How many were warned but came anyway? How many were tricked into going by Hamas? How many … Continue reading

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Holy ____________!

Holy Smokes! Holy Cow! Holy Mackerel! Holy Moly! Holy Contributing to the Delinquency of Minors, Batman! (Yes, Robin really said that.) The final nine chapters of Leviticus are often referred to as the Holiness Code. We read from the final … Continue reading

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Today!

With the calendar flipping to May and the temperature markedly rising these last few days, we might finally be able to say goodbye to the winter that wouldn’t go away. While we always expect a certain amount of harsh weather … Continue reading

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