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70.01/ Week seventy, Nov. 13-19, 2021 thread begins here.

Week 69 below.
70.02/ So many self-appointed smart guys told me that Garland was doing nothing. They were wrong & caused panic because they are impatient Dunning-Kruger cynics seized by the #Literalist fallacy that if they didn't see DOJ's work, it didn't exist.…
70.03/ I’m just one man, but if the supply chain problems are caused by not enough little packets of soy sauce/spicy mustard/duck sauce then I can help out immediately.

I’m also willing to propose they be functionally considered currency instead of bitcryptocoins.
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Isaac is the first Biblical character whose prayer is answered. He's also the first Biblical character who is said to love. In contrast to Abraham and Jacob, Isaac has only one wife. I connected these dots for my weekly #Torah commentary.…
Abraham’s prayer on behalf of the people of Sodom and Gomorrah is arguably a morally superb one, as it is maximally disinterested, concerned with principled justice. But is it born out of love?
Abraham read Rawls, as it were, and simply quoted God “the difference principle.” “Imagine, God, that you were standing behind a veil of ignorance, and that you yourself might end up in Sodom…would you want it to be destroyed if there were 50 good people there?”
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Let's talk a little bit about the #Torah story where Isaac pretends that his wife is his sister.

It is not only directly lifted from the story of Abraham, but seems oddly inserted in the timeline.


Previously, we are told that Rebecca was barren for 20 yrs (25:21), then she was pregnant with twins, and it was such a painful time, she walked to visit Yahweh to get some advice.


Years go by, and the twins grow up. And there's this strange story, full of puns, about Esau selling his birthright.


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1/ Nearly every Shabbat & Yom Tov since I left the pulpit I've prepared a drasha & shiur that I know I won't be able to deliver. I've described that for many artists the need to produce the art overwhelms an actual audience. The art compels them.
2/ I define art broadly to encompass every creative faculty that arises from the multiple intelligences, talents & perceptions in human capability. We know singers or painters are artists, but so is a teacher or philosopher. IMO society doesn't define an art, humanity does.
3/ Not everyone who has artistic talent or drive or vocation needs to have a feeling of compulsion. My chiddush (intellectual innovation) is to say everyone with that need to create has the soul of an artist whether they are recognized or not.
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1/ Since the beginning of the #TrumpCrisis, I've had ever increasingly difficult #YomKippur davening because of the burden I feel to act as a 'sanegor' (defender) for my community and for the Jewish world at large.

(This is in addition to the vast ways I need to improve myself)
2/ I'm not a gadol, a posek, or anything close to a tzadik. But after seeing so many rebbeim & gedolim openly support Trump (ym'sh), erase women from Jewish life, and encourage anti-vax shtuyot, I considered the tenuous possibility that I would need to act as a communal sanegor.
3/ With the established leadership descending into avoda-zara (DJT), shefichat-damim (COVID denial) & arayot (dehumanizing women), I needed to step up - out of safek-nefashot - and use all of my halakhic, rhetorical & philosophical ability to devise kappara for the Am Kadosh.
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1/ #ReshetKeshet
Before #RoshHashanah there's a common practice to utter a blanket request for forgiveness. E.g. "To everyone I know or encountered please forgive me. OK bye!"

You're correct in thinking that this depersonalized superficial "apology" is hollow & thus ineffective.
2/ How can I forgive someone if they don't know what they did to me? Doesn't admit real guilt, express regret, detail how they will work towards restitution, or describe how they will fix their mentality/behavior to avoid hurting me in the future.
3/ However, #RoshHashanah is a dangerous time of year. Tradition understands the stakes are the highest possible. It's an annual review before the King of Kings, arbiter of justice, and we treat it like the final exam worth 100% of our grade.
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1/ I try to teach my kids leadership lessons from my observed, taught, & lived experience. E.g. (1) 90% of leadership praxis is communication (yet too often unpracticed, with disastrous results) (2) vision is as necessary as operations but without one you're either blind or lame.
2/ (3) Vision is strategy, operations are tactics, but both are neutralized without logistics, (4) ultimately, a leader needs to put the welfare of the group above themselves; it should be the reason they consent to the imagine oneself capable of making decisions for others.
3/ #4 is about self-sacrifice and without that, leadership becomes exploitative. (5) In order to determine all elements - strategy, tactics, vision, and consent of the governed - you need a system of error checking.

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55.01/ Week fifty-five, July 31-Aug 6 2021, thread begins here.

Week 54 below
55.02/ I have no idea (yet?) how to handle this case brought up by @AnaMardoll and I think I need to because I can envision needing a solution IRL.

(Note, it also illustrates why conservatives were so afraid of D&D: it allows kids to broaden their worlds)
55.03/ As I've gotten older I've come to view this mishnah from Avot as more & more central to both practical & ideal wisdom. Especially for the internet.

It's an early indictment of #DunningKruger blowhards: stop talking! Listen. Less talk, more rock.…
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1/ #ReshetKeshet

I had intended to write a lot more this week, especially about #DafYomi because some of my favorite topics are being covered, so I want to at least say something quick today about Sukkah 14b & "emergency halakhah":…
2/ During the height of the pandemic, especially before Pesach, many rabbis needed to issue extreme leniencies. I've been asked why we don't allow these lenient positions all the time.

If it's permitted once, why not all the time? If it's fundamentally wrong, why allow it now?
3/ Today's daf has the rabbis saying to Rebbe Yehudah: "How can you bring proof from emergency times?" meaning that this type of ruling is automatically presumed to be contingent & conditional to specific, desperate circumstances.…
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In this week's #Torah portion, we are introduced to several supernatural entities, one of which is called "Rephaim".

Keep in mind that "Rephaim" is older than the OT and is an appropriated word from the Canaanites.

So what were they in ANE literature?


In ANE religions lie the OT, death was dreary and undesirable. It is a lonely existence unless you were deserving in life, meaning, a great hero or leader. In such a case you could serve the Gods, interact with the living, making you one of the Rephaim.


We see this from the author of the Divine War story in Genesis 14 or Joshua 9-13, where the Rephaim of the Goddess Ashteroth are participants.

And in Job where the Rephaim are mentioned as being distinct from the other residents of Sheol.


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Examples of appropriation of #Arabic toponyms
List will name #Palestinian villages, place names depopulated before or in 1948, followed by #Israeli settlements with toponyms derived from names of destroyed #Palestinian villages:

Depopulated July 1948 (Bean in #Arabic)
#Lavi (Kibbutz); founded 1948 (Lion in #Hebrew)

#Al-Kabri ( Western #Galilee) depopulated on May 21st 1948
#Kabri (Kibbutz); founded 1949

#Alma (#Sadad district)
Depopulated on October 30th, 1948
#Alma (#moshav ) founded in 1949

Depopulated on May 2,
-, 1948

#Amqa (#Acre are)
Depopulated october, 1948
#Amka (Moshav) founded 1949

#Sajara (Lower #Galilee);
Depopulated: July, 1948
#Tree in #Arabic
#AynZaytun (Western #Galilee)
Spring #Olives in #Arabic
#Ilaniya (Tree in #Hebrew)+ #EinZeitim (kibbutz) Spring olive
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Why not try to look upwards towards the top of the pyramid and instead mainly kick upwards, towards the root cause & not just the symptoms, & above all don't let yourself be fooled by the Freemasons within B'nai B'rith & their military sub-organization Anti-Defamation League:#ADL
FACTS: #Paideia was created in 2000 through grants from the Swedish government (i.e. us taxpayers). One of Paideia's goals is "supporting cultural diversity"

Listen: "Jews is going to be in the center of that"...(0:20)

As if it were not enough with the waste of tax money to Paideia, the Swedish government now also wants to make it a criminal offense to deny the Holocaust. That message was given by the @socialdemokrat Minister of Justice @johanssonmorgan

The truth does not need to be defended❗️ Image
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1/ Welcome to the Cypess Weekly Thread Index Thread.

I implemented the long thread concept in July 2020 in order to have an easy system to access my weekly writing.

Week 1, July 18-24 2020, 10 posts:…

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Rashi (Bereishis 14:10, 32:4) teaches that "מצרימה" means "למצרים" to Mitzrayim and similarly, "חרנה" is translated "לחרן" to Choron.
Instead of placing a ל at the beginning of the word, the Torah places a ה at the end. Rebbe Mendel of Vorkeh zy'a (called the Shtiller Rebbe,
the silent Rebbe, because of his caution with his speech) asks why the Torah prefers to place a "ה" at the end of the word, rather than a "ל" at the beginning of the word? If there would be fewer letters, we would understand that the Torah prefers to write more concisely.
But either way, the words, "למצרים" and "המצרימה", contain the same number of letters. So, what is gained by placing a heh at the end of the word? The Vorker Rebbe replied that the gain is that it comes later. The heh comes at the end of the word, which is preferable over a
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1/ My Torah work is published under the title of #ReshetKeshet which, I don't make the rules, makes my "rabbi name" The Reshet Keshet (e.g. the Chofetz Chaim is Rabbi Yisrael Meir Kagan & he also wrote the Mishnah Berurah he's named after his first)…
2/ In order to embrace hashtag technology, I'll try to label my Torah writing with #ReshetKeshet.

Reshet is Hebrew for 'network' and I use it to reference interconnectedness.…

Keshet means 'rainbow' and that's for diversity…
3/ Diversity in interpretation, in thought, and of course in inclusion. Rav Shimshon Raphael Hirsch explains that the rainbow after the Flood symbolizes the totality of humanity, see my rebbe Rabbi Riskin for more on this:…
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#China's crackdown on its tiny congregation of #Jews. ~100 practising in a community of ~1,000. That such a small group can attract the #CommunistParty’s ire shows how far the suppression goes @TelegraphWorld @Telegraph… #religiousfreedom #Hanukkah
Ancestors of those in #China claiming Jewish heritage – prob merchants from Persia – settled >1,000 yrs ago in Kaifeng, then a bustling imperial capital during Northern Song Dynasty. Through dynasties, wars, natural disasters, Cultural Revolution, they kept their history alive
Pressure now renewed under Chinese leader Xi Jinping's campaign against foreign influence, unsanctioned religions - all part of push to 'Sinicise' faith in #China. But the Kaifeng #Jews are a resilient bunch - as I discovered on a recent visit
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Gelin hep beraber
Yahudi'leri Dünü-Bugünüyle
daha yakindan taniyalim

Ey israilogullari!

Yahudileri/Sion'istleri tanimk istiyorsaniz,
#Kabala'yi bilmemiz gerekiyor

Kabal/Kabala/Kabalah/Cabal'i tanimak icin de,
Gecmisi bilmeliyiz

Ama gecmis/Tarih yok

Gecmis/Tarih neden yok?

Yazilan-anlatilan tarih Yalan,Carpitilmis
ve üstü örtülmüs tarihten ibarettir

Kafir sözcügü bu yüzden kullanilir.

yani Gercegin üstünü örtenler/gizleyenler demektir.
Önce #israil gercegini taniyalim.

IS-RA-EL Image
Bize Mitolojik veya hikaye tadinda tanittiklari
Tüm "Tanri ve Tanricalar" #iblis ve ona tapanlardan baskasi degildir

ISIS=Eski Misir'da kendini
Nut ile Geb'in kizi
Osiris,Seth ve Nephthys'in kardesi
ikizi Osiris'in esi ve Horus'un annesi olarak tanitan Disi Seytandir Image
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Yahudiler hakkinda
(hepinizi ilgilendiren) #BilmenizGerekenler

Yahudiler icin son derece önemli/kutsal olan bir kitap mevcuttur;

Kutsal kitap #Tevrat'a benzer veya Tevrat'tan daha da cok önem verdikleri kitap diyebiliriz ImageImage
#Atatürk'ün Kovdugu
#AKP'nin davet ettigi
Seytani Küreselcilerin Dunyayi yöneten
ÖZ Yahudi Ailelerden
#RAckefeller ve #RAthschild Ailelerinin,

Bizleri yönetmek icin uyguladigi Kanun ve Kurallarin yer aldigi Talmud'tan bahsediyoruz. ImageImage
Anne-Babasi Öz Yahudi olan Yahudiler (Siyonistler),
sonradan Yahudi olanlari
+Musevileri (Musa taraftarlarini)
+Sabataist'leri bile vs yahudi olarak kabul etmezler.

#Sina Daginda Hz Musa'ya indirilen Tevrat disinda,
bir de #Torah olduguna inanirlar
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#Loonstein, joodse familie actiegroep, is een eenkennige neuzelaar die graag in het subsidiezonnetje staat mbt #WWII, #antisemitisme en onrecht 😉
Waarom wordt de haatdragende Talmud niet verboden?
Voorbeelden genoeg in de #Talmud 🤗😘
Is the Talmud influencing the Israeli Government ?🤔
Tidbits From The Talmud.
Erubin 21b. Whosoever disobeys the rabbis deserves death and will be punished by being boiled in hot excrement in hell.…
My favorite is : #Talmud, Shabbath 116a (p. 569). #Jews must destroy the books of the #Christians, i.e. the New Testament
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Read this week's commentary essay on #Vayishlach: 🇬🇧 / 🇮🇱 / 🇪🇸 / 🇫🇷 Family Edition: Listen: #ShabbatShalom. Image
THREAD -> Having said twice that his name will no longer be Jacob, the #Torah continues to call him Jacob. So do we, every time we pray to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. How so, when the Torah twice tells us that his name will no longer be Jacob?
Read the angel’s statement to Jacob not as, “You will no longer be called Jacob but Israel.” Instead read it as, “Let your name no longer be Jacob but #Israel,” meaning, “Act in such a way that this is what people call you.”
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Here is a snippet from one of the beautiful carpet pages at the back of the #LeningradCodex. I've highlighted a little 'poem' hidden in the page...
Ofer found a very similar poem at the back of another manuscript also written by #SamuelBenJacob - the so-called 'Lm' #Torah manuscript
And now, here it is again, in an even longer form than in L, nestled at the back of the #WashingtonPentateuch
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As #Jews, we don’t merely read the #Torah. We bring to it our time, our lives, our most attentive listening, and our deepest existential commitments.
My own beliefs have been formed in that ongoing conversation with the biblical text that is part of the Jewish mind and the Jewish week.
Which is why, to emphasise this personal engagement, I’ve decided to call this year’s series of Covenant & Conversation [my weekly commentary essay on the Hebrew Bible - to subscribe go to], ‘I Believe,’.
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Here is a thread from my Covenant & Conversation essay on #Haazinu called "Let My Teaching Drop as Rain". You can read it at, listen to it at, or download the accompanying Family Edition at #ShabbatShalom Image
In the glorious song with which Moses addresses the congregation, he invites the people to think of the #Torah – their covenant with #God – as if it were like the rain that waters the ground so that it brings forth its produce.
God’s word is like rain in a dry land. It brings life. It makes things grow. There is much we can do of our own accord: we can plough the earth and plant the seeds.
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Here is a thread from my Covenant & Conversation essay on #Pinchas called "The Crown All Can Wear". You can read it in full here: and download the accompanying Family Edition here: #ShabbatShalom Image
The Sages were constantly on their guard against exclusivist attitudes to #Torah. #Equality is never preserved without vigilance – and indeed there were contrary tendencies.
One cannot predict who will achieve greatness. Therefore, said the Sages, Torah must be taught to all. No nation achieves perfection. An aptitude for learning is not equally distributed within any group.
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