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Torah Thoughts – Shemot

Back when I was on active duty in the US Marine Corps, I was a statistician for a couple of years. While I did not ever want to be a bean counter, I did enjoy discovering trends and factors related to why certain … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Ha’azinu

In a Huffpost blog which appeared on March 9th, 2016, psychologist Dr. Carmen Harra wrote, Never underestimate the impact a single decision can have: one wrong move can ruin a relationship, a career, a life, etc. We must choose wisely … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Bechukotai

This week’s parasha is Bechukotai (with My statutes), Leviticus 26:3 – 27:34. * The haftarah is Jeremiah 16:19-17:14 and the reading from the Apostolic Writings is John 11:17–37. Technically, there are multiple kal v’homer or if/then clauses in this week’s parasha, … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Miketz

This week’s parasha is Miketz, מִקֵּץ, Genesis 41:1 –44:17.[i] While on a normal Shabbat there would be two other readings, one from the Haftarah and one from the Apostolic Writings, this Shabbat stands out because of its multiple readings. This … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Eikev

This week’s Parasha is Eikev, Deuteronomy 7:12 – 11:25.[i] The Haftarah, being the Second Shabbat of Consolation, is from Isaiah 49:14 – 51:3. The reading from the Apostolic Writings, according to the Chayai Yeshua schedule, is Luke 24:13–32. I encourage … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Va’eira

This week’s Parsha, Va’eira, Exodus 6.2-9.35,[i] continues with Moshe attempting to convince the Almighty that He has chosen the wrong guy to be the deliverer. Moshe obviously loses the argument and then began the back and forth dialogue with Pharaoh … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Chanukah ~ 5777

As the Festival of Chanukah begins this evening, here are a few things to think about. First let’s look at 1 Maccabees 4.36-59, the earliest source that recounts the actions that occurred after the Greco-Syrians had been finally dealt with … Continue reading

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