L’Shana Tova & Shabbat Shalom
This is a parsha of contradictions. Balak, king of Moab, fears the Egyptian Hebrews and seeks help from the powerful prophet, Balaam. YHWH goes back and forth as to whether or not Balaam can go to Moab. He finally goes and (according to some rabbis) tries to curse the Hebrews, but is only able to [...]
We’re in Israel for part 2 of the Israeli/Palestinian Comedy Tour! This has been a whirlwind. With show locations ranging from Haifa to Be’er Sheva, including Ra’anana, Tel Aviv, the Ambassador Hotel, Jerusalem and on and on. The show was nicely blogged on Jewschool. We also made TWO trips to fabulous West Bank city of [...]
“Bring out the priests!” Hashem has established herself in her new earthly home. She’s placed her meal orders and now explains when and how her food will be acquired, which involves a bit of humiliation from Moses brother, the High Priest. She seems to simultanoously elevate and insult Aaron and his sons. But at least [...]
Last September on a trip to NY, it was suggested I stop into a midnight gathering at the shabby, rundown Millinary Shul on 38th and 6th in Midtown. Mindblowing. I was not dissappointed. Jenn Bleyer (x-Heeb Mag Editor) covered the scene for The New York Times a few [...]
This week’s parsha is a double portion that finishes the book of Exodus (Shemot.) Most of it tells the story Bezalel and Oholiab, the two Hebrews in charge of building the tabernacle (Mishkan.) We read of all the ritual objects created for the Mishkan and of the structure itself, which was the early model for [...]
This week both YHWH and Versace are thinking priestly fashion. Moses and YHWH are still huddled within the cloud-topped Mount Sinai. Having spent last week laying out in precise detail, the structure She wants built, now She is waxing very specific about the attire of the cult priests who will supervise the bloody sacrifices She [...]
Shalom, one mo time, from Israel! Israeli-Palestinian Comedy Tour is an off the charts success! Check out the latest here. You can also peruse the video blog. One of the truly grand things about Judaism is its insistence on gratitude. Observant Jews are required to thank YHWH 100 times a day. If this [...]
We begin with Judah pleading that Joseph take him into slavery in the place of his younger brother Benjamin. Joseph is moved. Then like Martin Landau in the old Mission Impossible TV series, Joseph finally ends the cruel deceptions and reveals his true identity to his stunned brothers. All 70 members of daddy Jacob’s [...]
You’re going to have to forgive me fore being MIA lately. I found myself swimming ina sea of deadlines and haven’t quite managed to come up for air just yet. but, don’t you worry, my disappearance is only a temporary one. I’ll be back very soon on a regular bassis. Anyway… I have resisted [...]
KFAR’s annual alternative to the xmas alternatives returns with a stellar lineup (if I do say so myself) at the Subterranean
in Wicker Park. Shtreiml comes to town with their Blues Traveler-tinged/Jam band take on Klezmer, plus rapper Kosha Dillz and classic rockers Moshe Skier Band. Beats the pants off of crowding into [...]
I’m a big fan of Rabbi Elliott Cosgrove. I think he’s the Conservative movement’s slightly more bookish answer to Brarak Obama, a rising star with a sharp intellect, understanding of the issues, a great speaker and communicator and as the ladies are fond of saying, easy on the eyes.
The Assistant Rabbi at Anshe Emet, R. [...]
Laban is the real hero of this parsha, despite getting dissed by the rabbis. When he hears Jacob is near he runs to greet him, hugs and kisses him. Rashi say Laban was checking Jacob’s mouth for jewels, which means, I guess, Laban gave him tongue. He performs the highest act of righteousness for the [...]
Last week it was beastiality. Now it’s homosexual incest. Next week we’ve got prostitution and STDs. Boy, I sure am glad the Christian right doesn’t know about this book! On the other hand the sex and violence and perversion sure make for a great read. Shabbat Shalom.
Music blogger Tinyluckygenius lets us know about Brooklyn based rockers the Shondes, lesbians who rock out in Yiddish. Watch out Golem, here come the Shondes! Yum!
Check these cool cats out. Good stuff Maynard Moishe!
Rauhca Mayim writes about “God on Ecstacy.” Sweet.