Monthly Archives: October 2013

Elementary Particles

I believe that our reality is constructed in a way that, among other things, teaches us spiritual lessons. Consider that all known matter in the universe is made up of three elementary particles, protons, neutrons and electrons.  And that each … Continue reading

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Small Breakthroughs

As I’ve written previously, I’m not very good at tefilla, prayer.  Yes, I do know the words and can read them fluently and fluidly and with understanding, very fast if necessary, so that’s not the problem I’m referring to.  I … Continue reading

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The Precious Gift of Each Moment

I often feel compelled to present long essays which develop the deepest themes of our tradition.  Once in a while, a simple word or two suffices. Rashi, referring to Bereishit Rabba, explains the odd phrasing enumerating Sara’s age at her … Continue reading

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Standing Tall, Even When In Doubt

There are few, if any, incidents in the Torah that are as shrouded in mystery as Akedat Yitzchak, the “binding” of Yitzchak.  The mishna in Avot (5:3) states, עֲשָׂרָה נִסְיוֹנוֹת נִתְנַסָּה אַבְרָהָם אָבִינוּ עָלָיו הַשָּׁלוֹם וְעָמַד בְּכֻלָּם, Asara Nisyanot Nitnasa Avraham … Continue reading

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Multiple Layers of Meaning–Guest Article by David Minor

(Ideally, I’d study daily with David Minor, a top-level computer expert, amazingly gifted guitarist, incisive thinker, Torah scholar and a good friend.  As it is, we’re only able to remotely (via Skype) meet several days a week.  I hope you’ll … Continue reading

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Are We Fighting A Losing Battle?

It’s a good thing that the word, “mother”, still fares slightly better than the word “God” which, unless is is merely the first syllable of “goddam”, is generally received among educated westerners with, at best, an eye-roll, more frequently the … Continue reading

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