Month: July 2013

No, You Can’t Borrow My Book

Like many guys, I derive deep enjoyment from owning and using high quality tools.  I’m not saying women don’t own or use tools.  Many do.  I know because I once saw pink toolboxes at a large retail chain.  (Though women callers to my radio show, whenever I discuss tools, assure me they’d never buy a...

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The Strange Case of Bill Maher and Dr. Hyde

In an age of copycat movies and TV shows, perhaps it is time for Bill Maher to update Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic book, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Instead of featuring a scientist performing chemical experiments so that his usual intelligent, rational self sometimes morphs into an evil, malevolent being, in his version of the...

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Guest Posting: Racism Reflections

               When my young guest Musing author told me this story a few months ago, I knew that I wanted you to hear it. I appreciate her writing it down and letting me share it, with her additional conclusion based on the George Zimmerman trial. I have always considered myself an open-minded person. While the...

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Blessing Basics

At 10am on Sunday morning, August 18, 1991, Salomon Brothers received a terrifying phone call from the United States Treasury.  The famous banking house was henceforth barred from bidding at Treasury auctions because of regulatory violations. This was a death penalty.  The news sped around the world drying up credit.  Salomon Brothers summoned bankruptcy lawyers...

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As Simple As…Challah

I first baked challah (Shabbat bread) as a little girl helping my grandmother. She would give me a small piece of dough to knead, while she worked on the larger portion. Her mound would be shiny and smooth while mine was crumbly and dull looking. Grandma would send me on an errand to the living...

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Can You Know Truth?

  Shalom, Are there tests/questions for some ideas/concepts to see if they are true? Toda Raba (thank you), Jonathan Click here to see Rabbi and Susan Lapin’s answer Do you have a question that you would like to Ask The Rabbi? click here...

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Religion? Never!

In Israel you might hear a youngster protesting to his mother in Hebrew, Zeh Loh Fair.  The first two words mean “This is not…”  The third word means exactly what it says in English—fair.  The juvenile is saying that his mother is unfair.  You see, there is no word in Hebrew for the concept of...

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Blame Humans, Not God

The magazine was dated Fall 1997, full of inspirational, informational and enjoyable articles for the Jewish woman.  After recently finding it in a closet, I reread it this Shabbat, figuring that most of the presentations would still have value. I found a lesson I did not suspect. Tucked amid the pages was an article describing...

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Charlie Brown Republicans

  Warning: This Musing is controversial and may cause offense. I’d much rather it leads to action or, at least, discussion. I spent much of the last presidential cycle screaming (mostly silently, but always passionately) with frustration at Mitt Romney. More than once, I came close to tears trying to convince one of his most...

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