Monthly Archives: November 2013

Don’t Forget Me Knots

From last week’s parshah כִּי אִם-זְכַרְתַּנִי אִתְּךָ, כַּאֲשֶׁר יִיטַב לָךְ, וְעָשִׂיתָ-נָּא עִמָּדִי, חָסֶד; וְהִזְכַּרְתַּנִי, אֶל-פַּרְעֹה, וְהוֹצֵאתַנִי, מִן-הַבַּיִת הַזֶּה. … וְלֹא-זָכַר שַׂר-הַמַּשְׁקִים אֶת-יוֹסֵף, וַיִּשְׁכָּחֵהוּ.1 But think on me when it shall be well with thee, and shew kindness, I pray thee, … Continue reading

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The Serious Consequences Of Playing Favorites

From last week’s parshah: וְיִשְׂרָאֵל, אָהַב אֶת-יוֹסֵף מִכָּל-בָּנָיו–כִּי-בֶן-זְקֻנִים הוּא, לוֹ; וְעָשָׂה לוֹ, כְּתֹנֶת פַּסִּים.1 Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many … Continue reading

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The Dextrocardian, Or the Man Whose Heart Was Not In the Right Place

A remarkable, albeit grotesque, example of Polish halachic man: a young man is hospitalized, and the doctors discover that he has dextrocardia (it is unclear whether we are dealing with dextrocardia of embryonic arrest, dextrocardia situs inversus, or even dextrocardia … Continue reading

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