I have to start my day with the newspaper. Not the news, mind you- that is always the same, always bad, and useless to me. I like the Crossword, the Word Jumble and Cryptograms.  This morning the Scram-Lets (you unscramble words, pull out the specified letters and then unscramble them to
This Shabbat we joyfully open our Torah, and just like in this parashah , we begin at the beginning. This first of the cycle of parashot is a little long, going all the way to Chapter 6, verse 8. It covers the beginning of everything, takes us through creation of
When we become saved, are we better off? Let’s see: saved=Eternal joy; not saved=Eternal suffering.  I would say being saved is better off, wouldn’t you? When we become saved, do we treat people better than we used to? Being saved should produce good fruit, we should be treating others as we
I would like to start this Drash with an excerpt from the chapter in my book (see link at bottom right of page) dealing with this topic: “Two men talking…,”…so I came to the conclusion that I’m agnostic, but when I realized they don’t have any holidays I thought it
Have you ever felt that there is just so much going on right now, and none of it is going right, that you wonder if God took a vacation? The world is a cursed place, and I think, because often God will bless us with good times, we forget that. When
Facebook…Twitter…Hash tag this, Tweet me that. Whatever happened to talking to each other using the language we were (supposed) to have been taught in school? OK- one thing I can say about Twitter is that having a defined number of characters can help someone learn to say what they want to
Sukkot is one of the Holy Days which we are commanded to celebrate in Leviticus 23. It is one of the three Holy Days when we are to go to the Temple in Yerushalayim (Pesach and Shavuot being the other ones.) At this time we build a Sukkah, which is essentially an
I was travelling with some new friends I met at my place of worship and we were talking about a schism they had recently experienced within the congregation, just a little before I started to attend. The discussion turned to how so many people were tied to other people in
You know the type- they say they believe in God, and that they are “saved by the blood”, but when it comes to the totality of the commandments found throughout the Tanakh suddenly there are laws and regulations that are not so important. Some are even just not applicable anymore.
We get two newspapers every morning (my wife loves to stay on top of the news) and all I usually do are the comics and word puzzles. To me, everything else is the same old drek. However, this morning I couldn’t help but notice the front page story about how the