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Toldot 5774 – Redigging Old Wells

October 30, 2013
Toldot 5774 – Redigging Old Wells

Isaac dug anew the wells which had been dug in the days of his father Abraham and which the Philistines had stopped up after Abraham’s death; and he gave them the same names that his father had given them. …Genesis 26:18   Usually when I write a d’var Torah I pick something from the...
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Israel Trail Days 24/25: Sataf – Jerusalem – Ein Kerem

October 21, 2013
Israel Trail Days 24/25: Sataf – Jerusalem – Ein Kerem

October 18, 2013 and October 23, 2013 Wikiloc Maps: Sataf to Jerusalem                             Jerusalem to Ein Kerem Day 1 mileage: 15.2 (24.5km) Day 2 mileage:  8.4 (13.5km) Total mileage since Tel Dan: 310 (501 km) Day 24’s segment was very special...
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Vayera 5774 — The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth

October 18, 2013
Vayera 5774 — The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth

God disagrees with Immanuel Kant. The German philosopher said that it is always wrong to lie — even to a murderer at the door looking for a victim.  As described in an essay by Tim Mazur: The philosopher Immanuel Kant said that lying was always morally wrong. He argued that all persons are born...
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Israel Trail Day 23

October 17, 2013
Israel Trail Day 23

October 13, 2013 Wikiloc Map: Beit Meir to Sataf Today’s mileage: 10.6 (17km) Total mileage since start at Tel Dan: 287 (463 km) Today’s run was very exciting — it brings me close to home, to the outskirts of Jerusalem.  And at 287 miles it’s pretty close to half of the roughly 600 mile...
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Lech Lecha 5774 — Going to Israel, Leaving Israel

October 11, 2013
Lech Lecha 5774 — Going to Israel, Leaving Israel

The Israeli press has been in a stir the last few days over the “Israeli” Nobel Prize winners who haven’t lived here in decades — taking it as a sign of Israel’s “brain drain” problem, whereby many of our best and brightest leave for greener pastures, often in the United States, because Israel either...
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Israel Trail Day 22 — The Burma Road

October 10, 2013
Burma Road

October 8, 2013 Wikiloc Map: Latrun to Beit Meir Today’s mileage: 10 miles (16 km) Total mileage since Tel Dan: 277 miles (446 km) — closing in on half way   The Burma Road. In late May of 1948 Jerusalem was under siege.  The residents did not have enough food, water, or medical supplies. ...
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