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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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13b/ While this started only for the 'week' compilations, I will add the mini-threads that I write during the week (hoping that I haven't made this so difficult that I won't be able to sustain it).

Oct 12, 2020, 4 posts:
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16a/ The 5 threads above are

part 1: 23 posts
part 2: 21 posts
part 3: 31 posts
part 4: 35 posts
part 5: 73 posts (sigh. yeah, I know)
16c/ An election prediction thread from the morning of Nov. 3, 2020.

10 Posts.

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16d/ Thread of mid-election-week singleton comments.

18 Posts.



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17c/ Why I put up lawn signs despite - or because of - my identity and role as an Orthodox rabbi.

13 Posts.

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17d/ Why drawing conclusions of 'what America wants/is' from the election is a fool's errand.

7 Posts.



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17f/ Thread about the legal gambits by the GOP to overturn the election.

9 Posts.

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17g/ Two points about the historic implications of electing Biden-Harris and repudiating Trumpism

12 Posts.

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19b/ Thread about the corrosive effect of turning a blind eye to cheating in every arena, especially sports and politics.

11 Posts.

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19c/ #ReshetKeshet Torah thread on Parshat Toledot, answering "why did Isaac intend to bless Esau?"

12 Posts.

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20/ Week 20, November 28-December 4, 2020, thread.

27 Posts.

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21b/ #ReshetKeshet. Thread about my attitude - in my roles/identity as a rabbi, medical-ethicist, and American citizen - towards abortion. AKA, the debate between forced-birth vs. anti-forced-birth.

17 Posts.

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23/ Week 23, December 19-25, 2020, thread.

23 Posts (how 'bout that)

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23b/ #ReshetKeshet. Thread about why I've avoided the easiest money available for someone with multiple graduate degrees: 'conservative' think-tanks. TL;DR: they exist to place a patina of philosophy on cruelty & greed.

8 Posts.

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23c/ #ReshetKeshet thread about how I teach #Midrash and what are my red lines: cruelty & avoda-zara.

23 Posts.

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23d/ #ReshetKeshet thread about memory in Jewish cultural practice that demonstrates history isn't written by the 'winners' if we put effort into recording atrocities.

14 Posts.

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24/ Week 24, December 26-January 1, 2021, thread.

24 Posts (second time in a row that's happened)

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25/ Week 25, January 2-8, 2021, thread.

85 Posts (breaking the trend). This was #insurrection week, so that makes sense.

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25b/ #ReshetKeshet, thread about the staggering number of Modern Orthodox leaders who passed away over that past year.

12 Posts.

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26b/ #ReshetKeshet thread about #Literalist thinking (a subject I've invented, sorry) which inevitably ended up with a Dvar Torah on Va'era (that week's parsha)

27 Posts.

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26c/ #ReshetKeshet, this thread connects with the previous & is about free-will, determinism, the role of the leader in both (and how God interacts with the world).

16 Posts.

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26d/ Thread about understanding Trump (ym'sh) as a direct line from Ronald Reagan, that we reached the nadir gutter of destroying the government set-up by FDR & JFK.

18 Posts.

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27b/ #ReshetKeshet thread about the importance of civil rights to proper Modern Orthodox Torah ethics in honor of #MLKDAY

8 Posts.

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27c/ Thread about Q*non, collating things I'd been reading and found informative/useful.

10 Posts.

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28b/ Personal thread about a living a year in quarantine.

8 Posts.

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28c/ Mini-thread with a collection of good commentary from around Twitter that I couldn't comment on but wanted to share.

5 Posts.

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29b/ #ReshetKeshet on parshat Beshalach, specifically analyzing the word "chamushim." I think I have pshat on the parsha, and that's exciting.

7 Posts.

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29c/ Thread trying to answer the question whether the RedHats were always crazy-evil or did they get worse over time. "Radicalized" in the parlance.

6 Posts.

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29d/ Second #ReshetKeshet on Beshalach, this about combat exoskeletons and taking Midrash literally.

12 Posts.

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31b/ Thread about the moral philosophy behind feeling grim joy at the death of Rush Limbaugh. #ReshetKeshet elements.

17 Posts.

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32b/ A growing thread of the #ReshetKeshet threads. This is the style right now, in the Cypessverse. It's ever growing, kein yirbu.

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34b/ Thread about the anti-McCarthy movie "High Noon"

19 Posts.

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34c/ Thread about 'realistic' superhero movies and my issues with delving too seriously into what can't escape from being fascist fantasies.

19 Posts.

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34d/ #ReshetKeshet for parshat Ki-Tisa about why a golden calf was chosen for the idol.

34 Posts.

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34e/ An annotated bibliography style thread, that I hope to expand, of women on Twitter that I read every week.

23 Posts (and counting)

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36/ Week 36, March 20-26, 2021, Thread.

26 Posts.

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37/ Week 37, March 29-April 2, 2021, Thread.

36 Posts.

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37b/ #ReshetKeshet for the Disability Shulchan Arukh, about seder food issues

11 Posts.

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39/ Week 39 thread, April 10-16 2021, below.

35 Posts.

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39b/ Thread of my alt-text for a useful comic panel about the paradox of intolerance.

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39c/ Thread about how police violence became culturally acceptable via mass media.

14 Posts.

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39d/ Thread of a conversation I had with two others about Jews and trees. Really.

10 Posts.

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41/ Week 41, April 24-31 2021, below.

27 Posts.

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41b/ Thread about the value of (higher) education and teachers who are constantly learning (as opposed to 'textbooks')

15 Posts.

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42/ Week 42, May 1-7 2021, thread below.

32 Posts.

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43/ Week 43, May 8-14 2021, thread below.

24 Posts.

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44b/ #ReshetKeshet about the difference between Fear of Sin vs. Fear of God and how it applies to following the letter vs. the spirit of rules.

45 Posts.

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44c/ Thread about journalism, anthropology and bias

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45b/ re: News bias about the Arab-Israeli conflict.

24 Posts.

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45c/ The difficulty of being anti-Zionist without being antisemitic.

22 Posts.

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45d/ re: The dangers of using one part of a marginalized/disempowered community against another part.

24 posts.

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45e/ Another follow-up on the media bias about the Arab-Israeli conflict.

7 Posts.

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47b/ #ArtWar thread. I've been told this can be useful for #ADHD and associated neurodiversities. #adhdtwitter

24 Posts.

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50b/ #ReshetKeshet thread about medical halakhah and the nature of tacit, subconscious, leadership.

11 Posts.

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53b/ #ReshetKeshet. Thread about the 9th of Av and why it's immediate relevance. Written on the day itself.

11 Posts.

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53c/ #ReshetKeshet. About why rabbis don't make emergency enactments permanent and the paradox of temporary permissibility.

17 Posts.

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54b/ #ReshetKeshet. About recent topics in masekhet Sukkah and something I call a "Skipper Sugya"

8 Posts.

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55b/ Advice from others about how to prepare your living space for enduring the devastation of a COVID infection.

8 Posts.

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57b/ I'm trying be thorough and compile old threads. This is from May 24, 2017.

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57c/ Another old thread, from June 14, 2017. An early discussion of #Literalist thinking. (In the 140 char. era!)

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57d/ #ReshetKeshet. About how "no justice, no peace" fits into a #Torah framework, connected to the #GeorgeFloyd-civil rights protests. June 2, 2020.

4 Posts.

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57e/ From July 9, 2020, about the breakdown of the rule of law led by the Roberts SCOTUS.

9 Posts.

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57f/ #ReshetKeshet, July 30 2020-9av 5780, about injustice with a focus on the infamous Talmudic character of Zekharya ben Avkolas, his identity & what he represents.

46 Posts.

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57g/ From May 19, 2020, about the "Emperor's New Clothes" & the #TrumpCrisis

8 Posts.

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57h/ I haven't updated this in way too long - and this is likely getting too long - so I will start a new thread with the threads starting from the now auspicious number 58.
57i/ @threadreaderapp please unroll.

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