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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 begins we read at the end of parsha Eikev, that the Lord instructs us to observe Holy festivals – concluding with the command to be joyous on Sukkot. Deuteronomy 16 […]

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UI 065: Violence

***WARNING*** This Podcast is about violence and so I used some graphic language in describing violence, and some of that has been transcribed in this blog. What do you think about … [Read More...]

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Parsha Eikev: Mission Impossible? Or Mission So Simple?

This week we read Parsha Eikev (Ekev, Ekeb, Aikev, or Eqeb) which means "if you."  Eikev consists of  Deuteronomy 7:12–11:25.  You can read a brief summary here. Deuteronomy 7: 12If you pay … [Read More...]

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UI 064: Why Hysteria and the 6 Human Needs (pt. 2)

In the last episode I discussed various hysterias (if that is the plural form... Is there a distinct plural form for hysteria?), and why they are an ultimate issue (a main point being they distract … [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 Re’eh: You Can’t Have it Your Way

This week we read parsha Re'eh (Reeh, R'eih, or Ree) which means "see."  Re'eh consists of Deuteronomy 11:26–16:17.  You can read a very brief summary here. Deutoronomy 12:8  You are not to do as we … [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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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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