Tag: Learning Jewishly

“A little Torah is all anyone knows.”


OUR WEEKLY TORAH STUDY SHIFTS this week, as I am honored and privileged to lead Shabbat services tomorrow morning (Sat., 7/9/11) at Sonoma’s Congregation Shir Shalom. We will begin by looking at one of the Book of Numbers’ most action-packed portions: the tale of Bilaam the Evil Wizard. (Just typing “Evil Wizard” is a thrill; but then, I’m easily amused.) If you’re not otherwise on a vacationary road trip, we hope to see you there!

Shabbat shalom,


Game of Life: Rules

THE UNIVERSE IS FULL OF “Learn Here” stickers, each with a different adhesive strength. Collect enough and you win. PS to my friend, Lillian, who says, “Define ‘enough’” — if you’re still collecting, you haven’t won yet.

Torah Study: Judaeo Habilis

Neal& Ann’s Torah Study Saturday, May 21, 2011 10 am-noonish (RSVP) Torah Portion: Bechukotai (Deuteronomy 26:3-27:34[end]) Haftarah: Jeremiah 16:19-17:14 LET’S BE HONEST: THIS WEEK’S Torah portion is not a favorite of many, containing as it does a long string of…

Invitation to a Study

FRANCE STREET TORAH STUDY SATURDAY, 3/19/11, 10 am-noonish Torah Portion: Tzav (Leviticus 6:1-8:36) Haftarah: Jeremiah 7:21-8:3; 9:22-23 Neal & Ann’s House (707.933.9430 for directions) “Tzav” means “command.” It’s the same root as “mitzvah” which, though sometimes translated as “connection” or…

Unplug: Can You Do It?

LAST NIGHT I DREAMED I was drunk, belligerent and enjoying myself — not a good combination, nor one which I experience (or wish to experience) in real life. The subject of my tirade seems to have been the apologetic and…

The Yad In The Kitchen

IN ONE OF OUR KITCHEN cabinets is a knot shaped like the Hebrew letter “yad.” It’s something we’ve lived with for 11 years but only pondered tonight. According to some of Judaism’s lesser-publicized traditions, “yad” as the first letter of…