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How Small Is Sinai

“How small Sinai appears when Moses stands upon it (Augustine of Hippo, Confessions).”   ****** ‘Why do you lurk, you lofty mountains, for the mountain that God desired for His dwelling?” (Tehillim 68:17)  R’ Yosi haGalili and R’ Akiva:  R’ Yosi haGalili explained the verse as referring to the mountains.  At...

Sinai Off Cape Ann

Or the waterfall, or music heard so deeply That it is not heard at all, but you are the music While the music lasts. These are only hints and guesses, Hints followed by guesses; and the rest Is prayer, observance, discipline, thought and action. The hint half guessed, the...

Sinai WhatsApp Group….or…

...or, more honestly, my justification for sending so many emails and texts:   “AND THERE ISRAEL ENCAMPED as one man and with one mind (Rashi, 19:2).”   I never really understood what it means when it says it they spoke as one person with one heart. Is it conceivable?...

Push or Pull

After my first stroke I had to learn how to walk again. First I had to learn how to go downstairs. Then I had to learn how to walk onto our porch. Then I had to go down the stairs to our sidewalk. Each one...

The Plan: Opening to The Life To Come

Clov (Hamm’s servant): Do you believe in the life to come? Hamm (Blind and lame): Mine was always that. Samuel Beckett, “Endgame”   ‘On the third new moon after the Israelites had gone forth from the land of Egypt, on that very day, they entered the wilderness of Sinai.   Having...

The Plan: Process Without Illness

The tricky part of illness is that, as you go through it, your values are constantly changing. You try to figure out what matters to you, and then you keep figuring it out. It felt like someone had taken away my credit card and I...

The Plan: Secret Spy Exposed

Please accept my apologies for rushing out of “The Archeologist’s Seder,” but immediately the tense situation of, “Uh oh! I have to put away my Secret Spy Journal; some guy just asked me why I write in Hieroglyphics rather than Hebrew...

The Plan: The Archeologist’s Seder

There’s a scene in Sarah Moss’ “Ghost Wall,” that has me considering using my daughter Anna’s training as an archeologist to take an entirely new approach to the Pesach Seder.   A group of college students and their professor allow Silvie and her parents to live with...

The Plan: Dreaming

“There is a certain dull uniformity in human destiny. The course of our lives follows ancient and immutable laws, with an ancient, changeless rhythm. Dreams never come true, and the instant they are shattered, we realize how the greatest joys of our life lie beyond...

The Plan: Action!

We concluded, The Plan: What’s Next with ‘God demonstrates this very lesson to the magicians themselves.   “You may be able to play with nature and secret powers, but you must begin by mastering yourselves or you will collapse.”   The people of Egypt understand this, as does Moshe, as...

The Plan: What’s Next?

In, “The Plan: Introduction To Exodus,” we asked,  Why were Ten Plagues necessary to free the Children of Israel from Egypt? Why did Pharaoh need to be so thoroughly manipulated? Why did the magicians play such an important role? Why did the average Egyptian citizen have to suffer? Why were...