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Israel Trail Days 43 and 44: Gevanim to Zofar

June 23, 2014
Israel Trail Days 43 and 44: Gevanim to Zofar

June 15 and 16, 2014 Wikiloc Map:     Gevanim to Holit Night Camp Holit Night Camp to Zofar Distance: Day 1: 25km (15.6 miles) Day 2: 28km (17.4 miles) Total distance since Tel Dan: 918km (569 miles)  Solitude.  That’s the big impression from these two days on the trail.  It’s not uncommon that I...
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The Three-Fingered Salute

June 18, 2014
The Three-Fingered Salute

I feel the need to start with a disclaimer, lest some of my readers on the right make unfounded assumptions. The kidnapping of Israeli teens Naftali Fraenkel, Gilad Shaar, and Eyal Yifrach last week was horrible, I pray every day for their safe return, and I believe the Israeli government’s response – arresting hundreds...
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Shelach 5774: Commandments, or Advice?

June 11, 2014
Shelach 5774: Commandments, or Advice?

Last November I wrote a blog post, “Does God Care if Women Wear Tefillin?” where I put forth the idea that God is a “big picture” sort of force, and all the details in the commandments (mitzvot), as interpreted by the rabbis, are really advice for us on how to align with that force....
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To Bless, or Not to Bless? That is the Question.

June 3, 2014
To Bless, or Not to Bless?  That is the Question.

A few days ago someone posted a question on Facebook: if you are eating food that is not kosher, should you still say a blessing? Most traditional rabbis will instinctively say “no.”  After all, eating non-kosher food is a sin, and you shouldn’t say a blessing for doing a sin. There is also a...
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