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Joseph C. Kaplan
Jun 15, 2018, 12:35 AM
A Two-Way Street Runs through Your Shul
A heated brouhaha rocked my shul recently. The specific dispute is not important for this column (okay, okay, it was, shockingly, related to Trump). While I had, as you might imagine, a strong opinion, which I voiced to the...
Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Jun 4, 2018, 10:45 PM
Judaism and Science
Rashi tells us that Reuel is Jethro (Numbers 10:29). He wants to go home and Moses pleads with him to stay with the Jews. One of his arguments to Jethro is: You have been our eyes (Numbers 10:31). A...
Jun 1, 2018, 11:13 PM
From narrow places to Godly expanse
“We live with the accelerator down from morning to night” Pope Francis asserts in the important new documentary, Pope Francis: A Man of His Word. “This ruins mental health, spiritual health, the family, and the society…What the Jews followed...
Jun 1, 2018, 8:35 AM
The Art of Complaining: Avoid Mindless Protests and the Futility of Aimless Resistance
Complaining is often viewed as a bad habit. Who can forget the nagging question of are we there yet on long road trips as children. The inevitable response was to stop whining, we’ll get there when we do. It...
Sharona Margolin Halickman
May 31, 2018, 4:21 PM
The Seven Books of the Torah
In Parshat Behaalotcha, we find two verses from Bamidbar 10:35-36 which we have been saying since the 13th century, each time the Torah is removed from the ark and replaced, “Vayehi binsoah ha’aron…”, “When the ark would journey, Moshe...
May 30, 2018, 4:07 PM
‘Church and State’ Parashat Beha’alotecha 5778
In the first verse of Parashat Beha’alotecha, Hashem commands Aharon to light the menorah in the Mishkan lit the lamps before Hashem as Hashem commanded Moshe”. Presumably, Hashem had already told Aharon how to light the menorah. Indeed,...
Nathan Lopes Cardozo
May 30, 2018, 12:22 PM
Theocracy, democracy, and Jewish law
When the democratic election of a secular government is sanctified by halacha (Beha'alotcha)
May 29, 2018, 11:53 AM
Behaalotcha: Managing Righteous Anger
Anyone can become angry - that is easy. But to be angry with the right person, to the right degree, at the right time, for the right purpose, and in the right way; this is not easy. -Aristotle Miriam, Moses’...
May 27, 2018, 10:31 AM
B’haalotcha: Club Rules
The Hand-Book When you first join a club, you obey all the club rules; you never make excessive noise and never smoke in public places. Yet, seniors at the club play fast and easy with rules, why is that?...
Ariel Ben Avraham
May 26, 2018, 11:27 PM
Parshat Behaalotecha: Transitioning to goodness
“And I have given the Levites, --they are given to Aaron and to his sons from among the children of Israel --, to do the service of the children of Israel in the tent of meeting, and to make...