Thursday, May 13, 2021



Unscrolled, Bamidbar: A Branding Problem

The Israelites are no longer in their infancy.

Table for Five: Special Shavuot Edition

It’s no accident that a convert to Judaism mothered the dynasty of King David and Moshiach.

A Bisl Torah — Etchings of Your Heart

Notice the etchings of your heart. Remember how your story is shaped: letting memories build the foundation of your spirit.

I Bought a House — A poem for Parsha Behar-Bechukotai

And when a man sells a residential house in a walled city, its redemption may take place 
until the completion of the year of its sale -Leviticus...

Unscrolled, Behar-Bechukotai: A Number of Harvests

As a prophet, Moses is present, but as a man, he is silent.

Table for Five: Behar Bechukotai

A 3300-year-old law that could not have been written by humans.

A Bisl Torah — Lack of Perception

Check your blind spot. Be open to what you might see; be considerate of what you might learn.

My Plant Based Renaissance — A poem for Torah Portion Emor

An ox or sheep you shall not slaughter it and its offspring in one day. -Leviticus 22:28 When I was a boy I used to go fishing...

Unscrolled, Emor: A Heavy Burden

With the fall of the Temple came the end of Aaron’s unique burden, role and knowledge of God.

Table for Five: Emor

Compassionate eating is not just a virtue, it’s a commandment.

Blood, and Nudity and Moloch (Oh, My) — A poem for Torah Portion Acharei Mot-Kedoshim

Therefore, I said to the children of Israel: None of you shall eat blood Leviticus 17:12 Rest assured, God, Adonai, Holy One Unseen Savior, Invisible to the point...

A Bisl Torah — Selectively Silent

Whether a brief pause, listening ear or stunned period of absolute stillness, silence is often the wisest choice.

Unscrolled, Acharei Mot-Kedoshim: Finding the God

When we come to the line “Do not lie with a male the lyings of woman; it is an abhorrence,” will I be up to the job?

Table for Five: Acharei-Kedoshim

All Good Things Need Boundaries

Obituaries: April 3, 2021

Arlene Allen died March 20 at 83. Survived by daughter Stacie (Len) Jablon; sons David (Su) Freedland,  Randy (Amy) Fortel; 4 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; brothers...

A Bisl Torah — Happy Birthday to Israel

Shakshuka is the perfect metaphor for Eretz Yisrael. A bold country, filled with a glorious tapestry of opinions, religions, cultures, voices, and traditions.

Unscrolled, Parashat Tazria-Metzora: A Pox Upon Your House

We can concern ourselves with the question of how the Biblical author was seeing.

Table for Five: Tazria-Metzora

What can we learn from an ancient disease that was actually a physical manifestation of a spiritual malady?

A Bisl Torah — Stop Worrying

Everyone wants to find the quick fix in pushing past worry and pushing towards purpose.

Unscrolled, Shemini: Strange Fire

Perhaps every rebel is actually a prophet, punished by the world they try to wake from its slumber.

Table for Five: Shemini

When the Tabernacle was complete, the wedding between God and Israel could finally proceed!

Seventh Day Passover – The Second Step into the Sea

  In the Bible, Passover is a seven-day observance, with the first and last days being holidays. The middle days are called “chol ha-mo’ed” “the...

A Bisl Torah — Training Wheels

We often forget that the season of Pesach is considered a Jewish New Year.

Table for Five: Passover 2

What did Joseph’s bones symbolize to Moses and the generation of the Exodus? And what should those bones mean to us?

Moonshine – Passover Thought 2021

Moonshine – Passover Thought 2021 (adapted from prior years) Our Seder plans, recipes, programs and the conducting of the Seder can be complex, especially in...

Unscrolled, Tzav: A Cherished Illusion

There is something alluring about that long gone era.

A Bisl Passover

We often forget that the season of Pesach is considered a Jewish New Year.

Table for Five: Passover First Days

A Passover Law That Mystified the Sages

Obituaries: March 17, 2021

Morris “Morrie” Angel died Feb. 15 at 91. Survived by wife Alice; daughters Dana (Bruce) Kates, Lori (David Rudoy); sons Rick (Shelli), Fred (Stacy)...

Obituaries: February 4, 2021

Rosalyn Klein Adelman died Dec. 24 at 69. Survived by husband Bob; mother Klara; father Steve; sisters Monica, Pam; brothers Bill, Scott. Chevra Kadisha Gene...

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