Monthly Archives: July 2011

Masei and my Dad

My father’s name is  Richard Salzman; Hebrew name, Shleim Alter ben Yaakov.  Dad is all over Ma’asei, this week’s parasha.   Ma’asei is all about how law plays out in real people’s lives.  It’s got both criminal and inheritance law.  It’s … Continue reading

Posted in Shabbat musings | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Matot: I just don’t know

Some weeks the text just stumps me.  This is one of those weeks. Here it is, the last half of the penultimate reading of the book of Numbers (follow that?). Moses gets the word from God about how to handle … Continue reading

Posted in Shabbat musings | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

Pinchas: There were never such devoted sisters

Don’t mess with sisters. I have two sisters, and well, that song in “White Christmas” (Sisters, sisters, never were there such devoted sisters..) ain’t just a song…it’s a mantra that, yes, we used to perform as kids.  We are all … Continue reading

Posted in Shabbat musings | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Balak: the message and the messenger

 A story: “There’s a group out there, they’re real competition, and they’re growing.  I don’t like it.” “I know a guy.  He’s good, he’s proven, and when he takes on a competitor,  he takes them down.”   “Great.  Bring him in.  … Continue reading

Posted in Shabbat musings | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment