Tag: Moses

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I, Wisdom, live with Prudence; I attain knowledge and foresight. To fear the Lord is to hate evil; I hate pride, arrogance, the evil way, and duplicity of speech. Mine are counsel and resourcefulness; I am understanding; courage is mine. –Proverbs Learning can be a great joy. Exploring new topics, learning about cultures and countries, studying […]

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I’ve always had a soft spot for old school spirituals. Simple, straight-forward, honest with no pretenses. I occasional attend a Lutheran church that interweaves old German hymns with spirituals, partly because of their mixed congregation. Musically, they laid some of the foundations for jazz and blues, which I also like, and obviously led into gospel […]

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It’s digital. And not fancy digital like your modern computers. Sort of like an old Atari game, where you only get one color, and life is defined by the spaces between. Only compressing it to a two dimensional screen loses so much. You’re not just looking at three dimensions, you’re looking at the angles between dimensions.

Somewhere, in a lower, unimportant corner of my consciousness I knew there existed a hospital bed. There was stuff going on there, a buncha doctor types working around it. I could understand it was important, in a theoretical sense, I just couldn’t muster up the energy to care. Never mind that it’s me down in that hospital bed; I was getting the straight dope on the nature of reality here.

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Last week there was a terrible fire in a home in Israel. Two children, ages 2 and 5, were killed. Three older children in the same family, all girls, escaped. But at what cost? Can you imagine their lives going forward? How many times will they ask themselves: What could I have done? What if I had…? Why didn’t I try ….? The mere thought of it shakes me to my core. Can you imagine going through your whole life with these kinds of regrets?

The psychological name for this is “survivor’s guilt,” and it can be crippling enough when you know there was nothing else to be done. But if you even imagine there was some other way you might have saved a life, but did not, it would be crushing. Survivor’s guilt is what hammered Noah after the ordeal of the Flood – it led him to drunkenness and disgrace. Because the truth is that he actually should have felt guilt: he dropped the ball.

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For the fourth straight week a key theme in the weekly Torah portion is people unable to get past their anger, hurt, and frustration (often on behalf of others) and engage constructively with their religious / political / ideological opponents. This week it’s Moses who slurs the people and then hits when he should speak. […]

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