Monthly Archives: August 2009

It’s Never Too Early to Be a Grinch

There are so many familiar symbols associated with Christmas: It’s a Wonderful Life on TV, carols on the radio, and red-and-green colored kitsch on sale as early as October. Complaining about the commercialization of the holiday season is a tradition … Read More

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In Defense of Spiritual Vulgarity

The other day, I was having lunch with a yoga-teacher friend of mine who, after years of teaching, was beginning to get burned out.  He still enjoyed the daily routine of teaching, and he was continuing to grow in how … Read More

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Who Watches the Watchers?

In the world of politics, especially that of Israeli policy and related activists worldwide, there is a constant effort to demonize the other side. Nowhere is this more evident than in the small cottage industry that has grown up to … Read More

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It’s an open secret amongst my family and friends that I have a thing for rabbis.  I really do.  When a rabbi walks past on the street, or when I bump into one at a Jewish event, my girl friends … Read More

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Big Aish Denounces Missionaries’ “Deception and Slick Marketing to Appeal to Uninformed Jews”

Christian missionaries’ deceptive marketing, that is. David Linn, an administrator of the Beyond BT blog, writes in "The Year of the Seed" on that, The Seed, like all messianic Jewish congregations, used deception and slick marketing to appeal to uninformed Jews … Read More

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Murder By the Tabernacle

In Numbers 25:6-13 the Kohain (Priest) Pinchas kills Zimri, a male Israelite, and Cozbi, a Midianite woman, stabbing them with a spear through their bellies while Cozbi and Zimri were having sexual relations in public – in front of Moses … Read More

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The Ram’s Horn: A Midrash for Elul

On the second day of Rosh haShanah, the Torah reading tells the story of the binding of Isaac, in which a ram is sacrificed.  The ram’s horn or shofar is also a central part of the ritual: the sounds of … Read More

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The Irrational Streak to Israel-Bashing

It was perhaps inevitable that Levy Izhak Rosenbaum, the Brooklyn Jew recently arrested by the FBI for dealing in black-market kidneys, should conjure up medieval anti-Semitic myths of Jews stealing blood and body parts from Gentiles. What is more surprising, … Read More

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