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UI 070: Brutally Honest Introspections, Criticisms, and Change

Are you brutally honest with yourself? Do you maybe sugar coat your short comings or down play some of your transgressions? If you are a little like me then you too are a master at deceit and misdirection. What do I mean by that? It’s coming up on what are referred to as the “High […]

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UI 070: Brutally Honest Introspections, Criticisms, and Change

Are you brutally honest with yourself? Do you maybe sugar coat your short comings or down play some of your transgressions? If you are a little like me then you too are a master at deceit and … [Read More...]

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Parsha Nitzavim-Vayelech: The Longer Shorter Way

This we read parsha Nitzavim-Vayelech which is really a double portion.  Parsha Nitzavim-Vayelech consists of Deuteronomy 29:9–31:30.  Nitzavim means  “ones standing” and Vayelech means "then he went … [Read More...]

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UI 069: What is Your Primary Question?

The questions we ask ourselves determine not only what we think about, but also how we think.   And our thoughts impact or decisions.  And our decision impact our behavior.  Over the course of our … [Read More...]

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Parsha Ki Teitzei: A Loved Wife, a Hated Wife, and the Firstborn Son?

This week we read parsha Ki Teitzei (Ki Tetzei, Ki Tetse, Ki Thetze, Ki Tese, Ki Tetzey, or Ki Seitzei) which means "When/If you go..."  Ki Teitzei consists of  Deuteronomy 21:10–25:19.  You can read … [Read More...]

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Parsha Shoftim: The Asherah Hypothesis

This week we read parsha Shoftim (Shofetim or Shof'tim) which means "judges."  Shoftim consists of  Deuteronomy 16:18–21:9.  You can find a very brief summary here. Just before parsha Shoftim … [Read More...]

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UI 066: Would the World be Better Without Religion?

While having discussions among friends I've hearing a recurring theme. "Religion is the cause of much of the evil in our world." When I ask them to elaborate and give examples, they come up with … [Read More...]

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Parsha Ki Tavo: Whom Do You Thank?

This week we read parsha Ki Tavo (Ki Thavo, Ki Tabo, Ki Thabo, or Ki Savo) “when you enter”.  Ki Tavo consists of  Deuteronomy 26:1–29:8.  And here is a very brief summary of the parsha. … [Read More...]

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UI 061: Whom Do You Blame?

When you see evil, whom do you blame? If you see a seemingly innocent person murdered whom do you blame?  The murderer or the person murdered.  Or perhaps you blame society, or the economy. … [Read More...]

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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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