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In our mouths and in our hearts: Day 28

(Introduction.) Today: No defects. 331. “Aaron and his sons shall wash their hands and feet from it.” (Exodus 30:19) = employees must wash hands (and feet) before returning to work (in the Temple service) 332. “He shall not enter behind…

Lag*B*Omer*Palooza

Ever notice that Jews love spinning their music festival names off Lollapalooza. Slightly ironic, cause Lollapalooza was supposed to be the bastion for Alternative music, and Jewish festivals tend to be, well, musically conservative. Anyway, Lag*B*Omer*Palooza is being organized by…

Reality-based rock bottom

By now you’ve probably heard all about the Winograd Commission report, released today, which found that Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s decisions regarding the 2006 Lebanon War were a “severe failure”. There’s one piece of this story that gives me hope…

Disgrace in France

Choose your thugs: The people who perpetrated this brutality, or the French government for being too cowardly (or too nostalgic for Vichy) to call it what it is. Days before the presidential elections in France, authorities are reluctant to label…

In our mouths and in our hearts: Day 27

(Introduction.) Today: For priests only 316. “Sanctify him, for he offers the food of your God.” (Leviticus 21:8) = sanctify the priests for service 317. “If a Levite would go, from any of the settlements throughout Israel where s/he has…

In our mouths and in our hearts: Day 26

(Introduction.) Today: The Temple. Halfway there! 301. “They shall build me a sanctuary that I may dwell among them.” (Exodus 25:8) = build the Temple 302. “If you make for me an altar of stones, do not build it of…

VA Tech's Unsung Muslim Hero

Rupert Murdoch’s Sky News unexpectedly reports, A survivor of the Virginia Tech massacre has been describing how a colleague died to protect others. Although badly injured, graduate student Waleed Shalaan distracted gunman Cho Seung-Hui to save another person from his…

Too much to blog, not enough time

“Four large U.S. Jewish groups have lent support to Turkey’s position in opposing the passage of two resolutions pending in Congress that call for official recognition of World War I-era killings of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire as genocide.” When…