Monthly Archives: July 2014

Devarim: A break

Shalom, all Jewish Gems will be taking a break this Shabbat.  Wishing you all, and the whole world around, a more peaceful Shabbat than the last one.   Thanks for your interest and support thus far.  See you next week. … Continue reading

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Mase’i: No more

I’m tired.  And I can’t stop looking at the news and Facebook.  As I write this, I have no idea how these words will read tomorrow or the day after or next week, whenever you might get around to reading … Continue reading

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Matot: No thanks, Moses, you go on ahead, I’ll stay here.

So it turns out that Moses may have failed at bringing the entire Israelite nation into the Land.  And so began the Diaspora. In this week’s parasha, Matot, God describes and proscribes what a holy war should look like.  The … Continue reading

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Pinchas: Needing new leaders

Succession.  New leadership.  A challenge for every leader, but a necessity if the community is to move forward.   Like where we are now.  Here’s where we were then. Moses is getting old.  He knows he’s not heading into the Promised … Continue reading

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Balak: Tents neither lovely nor fair

The deadline approaches and I must turn to the keyboard to write.  I must write even though my heart is so heavy, so burdened with sadness and confusion, pain and frustration.  And I’m supposed to find something in the thousands … Continue reading

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