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  • My first book
    Meeting with Ben in the After World
    Meeting with Ben in the After WorldAuthor's Note ...While working through a rough sketch of where I'd be going with this piece, it occurred to me that if you reduce the ratio of this, Ben's fourteenth yahrzeit (14) by the number of his...
  • Hebrew College, Newton MA
    9 Events at Hebrew College, Newton MA, this fall
    Upcoming events at Hebrew College include a diversity of topics. They range from Rabbinic Law, genetics, to the question of women as persons. Listed below are the offerings through December.1. Legal Fiction? Torah Narratives and the Formation of...
  • Clouds the cheeks of angels
    Insights into Bereishis the opening sentence
    How do you become that which you were intended be? How do you go about filling the mold of expectation with the finished product of fulfillment? What is there about the Divine that resides within us and that is forever seeking expression in our...
  • Respect all Kinds of Nature, Color is Everything
    An answer so simple, I couldn’t see it
    I found myself driving around aimlessly in Albuquerque yesterday asking, “What should I do with my life.” I’ve been after that question a lot lately, so finally I also asked the universe to give me a clue — I figured that...
  • Maggie
    Goodbye Dear Maggie
    Hundreds gathered this morning at Chicago Jewish Funerals in Skokie, IL to say our goodbyes to Maggie Miretzky.Maggie, only twenty-eight years old at the time of her death, loved babies. In her official capacity as a professional "doula"...
  • Hebrews
    Book of Hebrews: Chapter 7 (Part 2)
    Verse 13-16Moses did not allot any priestly service to the tribes of Judah, from which Christ descended. This means Jesus could never be an earthly high priest. If He is to be a priest at all, His priesthood must be of a different order. This is...
  • Scholars are questioning the authenticity of the Green Collection siddur
    Bible Lands Museum oldest siddur on display despite mystery surrounding the book
    Until Oct. 18, 2014, the public can have the opportunity to view what is being touted as the oldest known surviving siddur, Jewish prayer book. This 9th century medieval manuscript is currently on display at the Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem in...
  • z'man simchasenu
    A few thoughts before succos begins ...
    Author's NoteFriends, I haven't much time before I'm off for Succos. I thoughtto pass along a few ideas for later consideration. Do with them as you would.Z'manim is the plural of z'man, an important word at this time of year....
  • Vistas wide and inviting
    Moving from keter to malchus
    Before there was man, there was combined with Keter what the cause of all causes created in all creatures. It is the directing force, the prime innovation, and the supreme plan that includes itself in its making. This is the man of Creation.This...
  • Sunsets glorious
    Returning to the image of our maker
    We are all made in the image of our maker. This seems self evident. There is then an idealized image that came from the beginning and as far as we know has never stopped becoming the thing unto which it was sent. This is the divine image of...
  • Hebrews
    Book of Hebrews: Chapter 7 (Part 1)
    Who is Melchizedek? Because of how he is described in the text, some suggest that he was Shem the son of Noah. Some have said he was an angel clothed in human flesh. Some have said he was the Holy Spirit incarnated. Others have said he was the...
  • Supreme Court
    "F" bombing a Supreme Court decision is a sacrilege
    Facebook postings do not often find their way into this Examiner column. Yet a recent exchange on that site has forced me to react, both because of inappropriate language and content.A man I consider a friend posted ‘Has there ever been an...
  • sunset
    Keeping kosher: one for the (new) ages
    The Highland House was a Cincinnati landmark, a meeting place at the top of the Mount Adams Inclined Plane, itself a landmark in Cincinnati history. But, on July 11, 1883, an event took place there of national significance. After the ordination of...
  • Light shining through
    Man's transcendent nature makes him worthy of heaven
    It is man’s transcendent nature that makes himself worthy of the heavenly gates. It is his ability to rise above himself that allows him to make himself worthy of heaven, to rise above his own circumstances. All of this is possible because...
  • self-evident
    We were not only arrogant but wrong as well
    It's a difficult point for many of us to concede ... that we were not only arrogant but wrong as well. “Shikker was not always a goy.”We are nearing the start of the endof the Aseret Y'mai Tshuva (Ten Days of Repentance, from...