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The other day, a rocket fired from Gaza hit a house in Beersheva. It was a direct hit; the house was damaged extensively.  Luckily, the mother of the family heard the alarm – in her sleep – and quickly woke up and grabbed her three children and got them down into the house’s bomb shelter, closing the door to the shelter just in time.


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Famously, Bereshit has two different creation stories, one after the other. In the first, the creation of man is embedded towards the end of six full days of divine activity; he is part of the entire creation, integrated into a narrative about bringing the heaven and earth and all that is in them into existence.
The parsha we read before Rosh Hashanah, Nitzavim, begins with a dramatic event: the entire people of Israel, men, women, and children, the strangers among them, from the hewers of wood to the drawers of water, even, as the Torah remarkably claims, “those who are not here with us today” – the future generations - are gathered together to reaffirm the covenant with God, and be established as God
The ongoing attack on democracy, the constitution, civility, and the health of the nation and the planet, being led by Trump and his henchmen, continues apace. I am not going to bother to list his almost daily high crimes and misdemeanors, or explain the damage he is doing to the democratic process and the rule of law – read or watch the news (even, remarkably, on Fox!).

Jewish Holidays

Pesach: Being a Nation - It Ain't Easy

The gap between Israel and Diaspora Jewry seems to be growing daily. Bibi blames the African migrant problem on the New Israel Fund.

Jewish Life Cycle

One of the most important mitzvoth in the Torah is called the מת מצוה (met mitzvah) – a deceased person whom it is a commandment to bury.

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