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The First Step Through The Door

It’s not surprising that the portion immediately following Shema - Hear/Listen, begins, “This shall be the reward when you carefully listen to these ordinances.” I wonder about the Hebrew name of the portion, Eikev. When I see that word, that translates as, “heel,” I immediately...

Gardeners or Warriors

Xenophon’s Anabasis tells the story of ten thousand Greek mercenaries who were hired under false pretences by a Persian prince, Cyrus the Younger, for an expedition into the hinterland of Asia Minor. Cyrus’ true aim was to oust his brother, Ataxerxes II. They were defeated...

Trying Again

He lived in the Ark for a year. It was a safe place, blessed by God. The moment arrived for him to step out into the world. I imagine that Noah could not help but think of the first time that a person stepped out...