The ParshaCast is expanding, with Bonus Fridays and #MidrashMondays. Also, Miles and I talk Miketz’s approach to brotherly love (or the lack thereof).
This week Rabbi Edward Bernstein and I talk about clothing of many colors – but not a coat – and brotherly “love”. Rabbi Bernstein’s blog can be found rabbiedbernstein.com.
Cast… ParshaCast… This week Eitan looks at Ya’akov’s status as a hero and gets a bit… strange… Shabbat Shalom!
On this week’s ParshaCast I talk funeral practices ancient and modern with Kavod v’Nichum’s David Zinner. Then I explore the meaning of camels and introduce a great way to get some sweet ParshaCast Swag.
Kavod v’Nichum can be found on the web at Jewish-Funerals.org.
This one is a short one, folks. A quick Dvar TOrah from Eitan on his Bar Mitzvah Parsha, Vayeira. Next week we’ll be back to our regular length and with special guests.
This week Eitan shares some words of inspiration from the Haftarah followed by a talk about community building and Avraham with Rabbi Rachel Ain of the Sutton Place Synagogue.
As this election (hopefully) draws to a close this evening, I have some requests for everyone posting on social media as the results come in:
Remember that the tiny square picture and block of text on your screen represents a living, breathing, human.
Remember that this human can be hurt by your words.
Remember that you can survive even if someone on the internet is wrong.
Remember that while you may disagree – strongly – with something this human being has written online over the past day, month, or year, that we are all creations of God, each of us unique, each of us a special spark that can help light the world.
Remember that since the Divine lacks a physical form we represent the Divine presence in all that we do.
So, please, don’t waste the time you have on this Earth with public gloating.
Please don’t waste the gift that is life by posting that picture or meme that, while funny, is more about meanness than about satire.
Please don’t write anything that you would not want to say to someone were you sitting across the table from each other in a public place.
Please don’t respond to insults in kind, no matter how much your selfish inclination is egging you on.
Please try to flex your empathic muscles instead of your cynical ones.
Please try to bring people to your table instead of pushing them away.
Please do all this, both for Heaven’s Sake, and for our own.
Eitan reads his first piece of fan mail, discusses Montreal bagels & Noach’s righteousness with Bettina Schwarzman, chats with Dr. Allison Kaufman about the modern day Noahs working in zoos and aquariums, and talks about a biblical roadside attraction.