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that is how moved I am right now. I have just finished reading a column that is affirming of life, insistent on moral clarity, and totally appropriate to the incident which occasions its writing, ...
by teacherken
Comment Count 177 comments on Thu Jul 24, 2008 at 05:09 AM PDT with 325 Recommends
This is a time of year to look back, perhaps considering those who have passed, as the Times Magazine does in its final issue of the ...
by teacherken
Comment Count 151 comments on Sun Dec 28, 2008 at 04:38 AM PST with 231 Recommends
Few would dispute that God as characterized in the "Old Testament" (aka the Hebrew Bible) has some control and anger-management issues and perhaps narcissistic tendencies. When attempting to ...
by bluebird of happiness
Comment Count 55 comments on Mon Nov 07, 2011 at 02:37 PM PST with 52 Recommends
Hanukkah is a relatively minor holiday on the Jewish calendar that has become amplified in importance to compete with Christmas. In this diary I will try to explain its historical significance and ...
by Navy Vet Terp
Comment Count 30 comments on Sat Dec 20, 2014 at 03:20 PM PST with 44 Recommends
This week's Torah reading is Behar-Bechukkotay, a double reading for non-leap years. The Torah reading is Leviticus chapter 25 through to the end of Leviticus. The Haftarah, the reading from the ...
by Navy Vet Terp
Comment Count 70 comments on Fri May 03, 2013 at 01:30 PM PDT with 42 Recommends
Torah readings: Exodus chapters 21 through 24, and 30: 11-16. Haftrah: Second Kings 11:17 to 12:17. On January 30th, Maryland Governor Martin O'Mally entered the chamber of the Maryland House of ...
by Navy Vet Terp
Comment Count 40 comments on Thu Feb 07, 2013 at 05:00 PM PST with 34 Recommends
Torah reading: Exodus chapters 35 to 38:21. The name of the parsha is Vayakhal - and he (Moses) convoked. Haftarah reading: First Kings 7: 13-26 or 7: 40-50. The fact that speakers may have ...
by Navy Vet Terp
Comment Count 25 comments on Thu Feb 20, 2014 at 05:30 PM PST with 32 Recommends
Torah reading: Genesis chapters 37 to 40. Haftarah reading: Amos 2:6 to 3:8. This paraha begins the story of Joseph, a novella within the Bible that starts with chapter 37 and continues to the ...
by Navy Vet Terp
Comment Count 48 comments on Thu Dec 11, 2014 at 06:30 PM PST with 24 Recommends
The internet is still relatively young, not even 50 years even if you count precursors, but the concept of hypertext is much older. One of the earliest written examples of hypertext is the Talmud, ...
by wiscmass
Comment Count 5 comments on Tue Dec 27, 2011 at 01:23 PM PST with 23 Recommends
by teacherken
Comment Count 12 comments on Mon Apr 10, 2006 at 03:44 AM PDT with 22 Recommends
There are two Torah readings for this special Shabbat. The weekly reading, Mishpatim, chapters 21 through 24 of Exodus, forms the backbone of the legal code of the ancient Israelites. Two years ...
by Navy Vet Terp
Comment Count 50 comments on Thu Feb 12, 2015 at 05:30 PM PST with 19 Recommends
This past week I read in the Washington ...
by Navy Vet Terp
Comment Count 18 comments on Sat Sep 03, 2011 at 07:24 PM PDT with 18 Recommends
On Monday night August 4th until dark on Tuesday August 5th, observant Jews will endure the 25 hour fast of Tisha B'Av. Tisha B'Av means, simply, the 9th day of the Hebrew month of Av. But why is ...
by Navy Vet Terp
Comment Count 16 comments on Sun Aug 03, 2014 at 06:00 AM PDT with 17 Recommends
Right Wing Republicans have been annoying me for decades, but one thing I have found especially annoying is their present drive to use bogus claims of religious freedom to get their way. Indeed, ...
by Navy Vet Terp
Comment Count 10 comments on Thu Apr 17, 2014 at 05:50 PM PDT with 17 Recommends
When sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in battalions. Hamlet Act IV Scene V. Last night (Saturday night) and today until sunset observant Jews are enduring the 25 hour fast of Tisha B'Av.
by Navy Vet Terp
Comment Count 13 comments on Sun Jul 29, 2012 at 09:54 AM PDT with 17 Recommends
Torah reading: Deuteronomy 16:18 to 21:10 Haftarah: Isaiah 51:12 to 52:12 Today in America 100 years of social progress is under assault. Much of the charge is being led by ...
by Navy Vet Terp
Comment Count 7 comments on Thu Sep 01, 2011 at 04:58 PM PDT with 17 Recommends
Torah readings: First scroll: Genesis 41:1 to 44:17 Second scroll: Numbers 7:48-53 Haftarah: Zechariah 2:14 to 4:7 My previous diary commented on the primary Torah reading. This diary will ...
by Navy Vet Terp
Comment Count 13 comments on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 05:00 PM PST with 16 Recommends
Shabbat Shalom. This week's parshah is Sh'lach l'cha, is found the fourth book of the Torah, B'midbar ("in the desert" also known as Numbers). After difficult travel from Egypt, the Jews led by ...
by BoogieMama
Comment Count 6 comments on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 12:26 PM PDT with 14 Recommends
Torah Reading: Bechukotai (My Laws), Leviticus 26:3 to end of Leviticus. Haftarah Reading: Jeremiah 16:10 to 17:14. Even though this was my bar mitzvah parsha, instead of discussing the reading ...
by Navy Vet Terp
Comment Count 13 comments on Thu May 15, 2014 at 05:30 PM PDT with 14 Recommends
Torah Reading: Numbers 4:21 to 7:89 Haftarah: Judges 13:2-12 This week's Torah reading has one of the strangest - and sexist - passages in the Torah (Numbers chapter 5): 11. Then the ...
by Navy Vet Terp
Comment Count 9 comments on Thu Jun 02, 2011 at 06:52 PM PDT with 14 Recommends