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Virginia blogs on Jewish topics at "A Song Every Day" and manages the Education Town Hall and #WeLuvBooks sites. More at Vspatz.wordpress.com

Noah and Caste

The story of Noah, and commentaries on what intersects with ideas of caste.

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A Brother’s Bloods: Cain, Deon Kay, and the Sanhedrin

Abel’s blood(s) cry out from the ground, and that informs ancient Jewish ideas about acceptable procedures in capital cases. What are the implications for police killings?

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Scouting Challenge: Facing Race

How can we avoid the kind of disaster the Yisrael-ites meet after sending out a scouting party from the wilderness (Numbers 13:1)?

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Leaving Sinai

Post-Revelation, week 2. This commentary looks at the exchange between Moses and his father-in-law about the latter’s desire to go his own way, back home and not follow the Yisreal-ites on their journey away from Sinai (Numbers 10:29-32). The brief exchange is left open-ended, allowing for much commentary. Also allowing for us to pause and…

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Deceit and Breaking Faith

Last week, we completed our 49-stage journey through the wilderness, the seven weeks from the Liberation holiday of Passover toward the Revelation holiday of Shavuot. We are now in the segment of the Jewish calendar that carries us from the high point of Revelation at Sinai to the low point of Tisha B’av, an observance…

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(#49) Which Wilderness?

In “a wilderness” and/or “The Wilderness”? As one journey comes to a close, we continue through “the Wilderness” between the Sea of Reeds and the Jordan in our biblical story and through “a wilderness” of unknowns ahead in terms of politics, economics, and health.

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