Monthly Archives: July 2012

Tisha B’Av: let the fast nourish something good

I know I’ve already posted for this week, and I also know I didn’t write anything about Tisha B’Av.  I wasn’t going to.  But I changed my mind. I’m ambivalent about Tisha B’Av.  I used to fast for this day.  … Continue reading

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Dvarim: This too shall pass

I was up at the Great Lakes Naval Recruit Center again this weekend.  As part of a clergy/lay rotation, I occasionally go to the Base to lead Friday night services, and again on Sunday mornings to teach a class.  This … Continue reading

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Matot: Adultescence

Vows.  I know we’re still a couple of months away from Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, when we talk a lot about the vows and promises we make, but this week’s parasha Matot brings it up right away:  “If a … Continue reading

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Pinchas: daughters of Richard

  The daughters of Tzelophechad and I have a lot in common.  Granted, my family name Salzman was easier to pronounce, though I bet we got it misspelled as often as Mahla, Noa, Chogla, Milcha and Tirza did.  Ok, maybe … Continue reading

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Balak: Priests and Prophets

Well, here’s an odd little story in the middle of the wilderness. There’s this non-Israelite king (one of the “bad” guys) who is going up against the Israelites in battle, and to ensure victory, he seeks out what apparently was … Continue reading

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