Talmudic Realities Underline My Points

While reading some Talmudic and Aggadic writings, I came across a section from Pirkei Avot that I simply could not ignore. Now, for those not familiar, Pirkei Avot, (meaning “Ethics of our Fathers”) is a section of the Mishnah, which is the first text of the oral Jewish law. The writings of Pirkei Avot areContinue reading “Talmudic Realities Underline My Points”

A Beard Discussion

I have a beard right now. So, facial hair always becomes a big deal for me. For some reason, whenever I begin to grow anything that starts to resemble a beard, a myriad of emotions and opinions get involved. My wife tends to like when I have a beard, and would also prefer that IContinue reading “A Beard Discussion”

What Can We Do?

“What can we do?”  the Rabbi asked us to reflect upon these words during his drashah. Outside of the Temple, a New York State Trooper patrolled between the two local schuls, ensuring that the soft targets that are our houses of worship would not be welcoming to those whose intentions were troublesome or worse.  IContinue reading “What Can We Do?”

“Rabbi” For a Night

With the warmth that is emanating from the formal celebration of my Bar Mitzvah still less than a month old, I was able to have another truly meaningful experience this Shabbat. As you have probably gathered based upon the name of this website, I live in Upstate New York. I have heard many arguments regardingContinue reading ““Rabbi” For a Night”