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So What-Vayechi-Shabbat Themes

“Issachar is a mighty donkey lying down among the saddlebags. When he sees how good is his resting, and how pleasant is his land, he will bend his shoulder to the burden and submit to forced labor (Genesis 49:14-15).”
Inconsistencies Part Two

He listened to, but did not participate in the ongoing conversations around Miriam’s Well in the days that followed their devastating punishment for their reaction to the spies. People were frustrated, depressed and angry. “I don’t want to live out the rest of my life...

The Invisible Host

[caption id="attachment_1895" align="alignleft" width="250" caption="The Perfect Host"][/caption] It must have been difficult to go to sleep without any Manna left over for the next day. We never knew if it would fall the next day. After all, the gift of Manna was always a direct reflection of...

The Music of Halacha: Infinite Boundaries

Most of my favorite Shabbat memories are of the unexpected. My father zt”l and I came home from Yeshiva after Friday night services to find a family with eight children in the apartment. (1966) I don’t remember the details, only that their car broke down just
Which Hand First?

Debbie and I were eating in an Indian restaurant and overheard an Indian man explain to his American friend that, “We eat with our right hand, because we use the left hand to clean ourselves after using the bathroom.” The Halacha is similar in practical terms,...