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Parsha Matot: God Ordered Genocide?

This week we read parsha Matot (Mattot, Mattoth, or Matos) which means “tribes”.   Matot consists of  Numbers 30:2–32:42.  You can read a brief summary here. Parsha Matot provides ammunition for those who wish to dismiss or attack the Torah (and God) as barbaric and cruel.   The reference is usually in relation to the episode regarding the vengeance on Midian, […]

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UI 060: “The 14 Habits of Highly Miserable People & How to succeed at self-sabotage.”

So this week's podcast was based on an essay I recently read by a woman who has taught me a tremendous amount, Cloe Madanes. Here is her bio in case you don't know of her: Cloé Madanes, HDL, LIC is a … [Read More...]

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Parsha Balak: Strength through Significance

This week we read parsha Balak.  The name Balak means “devastator,” “empty,” or “wasting.”  The name Balak apparently derives from the sparsely used Hebrew verb (balak), “waste or lay waste.” There … [Read More...]

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UI 057: Free Choice and the Consequences of Stage One Thinking…

Sometimes I am stunned by peoples behaviors.  Do they think about what they are doing?  Do they think before, during, or after they choose to act a certain way?  Do they really think about the results … [Read More...]

God

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Parsha Matot: God Ordered Genocide?

This week we read parsha Matot (Mattot, Mattoth, or Matos) which means "tribes".   Matot consists of  Numbers 30:2–32:42.  You can read a brief summary here. Parsha Matot provides ammunition for … [Read More...]

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Parsha Pinchas: Zealotry… What does that even mean?

This week we read parsha Pinchas (Pinechas, Phineas, Pinhas, or Pin’has) which is the name of Aaron's grandson (presumably a name of Egyptian origin.)  Pinchas consists of Numbers 25:10–30:1.  You can … [Read More...]

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Parsha Chukat: Ritual Detergent with Paradoxical Scrubbing Bubbles

This week we read parsha Chukat  (Hukath or Chukkas) which is usually translated as "laws" or "decrees", but I prefer translating Chok as a "law between God and man (a.k.a. Holiness code).  For more … [Read More...]

Values

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UI 059: Israel (part two): What Should Israel Do?

  There is so much I want to talk about.  We just celebrated July 4th, Independence Day, and while I am overjoyed and grateful for being an American, I am also saddened and dismayed by the … [Read More...]

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UI 058: ISRAEL… An Ultimate Issue

What you think about Israel is it a litmus test for what think regarding many issues in life.  Many people would rather not think about Israel, and therefore have no opinion on the matter.  And my … [Read More...]

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UI 056: Is Profanity a Problem?

I think words are powerful.  The words we use affect ourselves and others.  This phenomena happens all the time.  Whether spoken or written, words carry tremendous meaning, and those meanings have … [Read More...]

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