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.

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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.

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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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19 Sep
62.01/ Week sixty-two, Sept. 18-25, 2021, thread begins there.

Week 61 below
62.02/ A custom on #YomKippur is to wear a kittel, an all white garment that has ambivalent symbolism: men wear one under their wedding canopy and they are also buried in it. I mentioned to a physician friend that it can also be seen as "Jewish scrubs."
62.03/ "But life is ironic" is just boss-level shade. I mean, I have my theological differences with the pontiff, but I can imagine we see eye-to-eye about anti-vaxxers.(h.t. @dick_nixon)

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17 Sep
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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17 Sep
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.
Read 17 tweets
15 Sep
1/ One more #NFL thing before the Day of Atonement. Last night's #MNF was very satisfying as a #Steelers fan. The ending of the game was nuts and I want to reproduce the nutty live-texts I sent to my sleeping son, not expecting it to become a saga of silliness.
2/ [11:31 PM] 55 yard FG to send it into overtime!

{Little did I know that this would be the least surprising thing of overtime. I should also add that many people expected BAL to go to the Superbowl and the Raiders to get a top 5 pick in the 2022 draft} Screencap from the ESPN app, score 27-27.
3/ [11:40 PM]: RAIDERS WIN
[11:41 PM]: wait hold up
[11:42 PM]: CORRECTION. will be at the half yard-line

{It was so exciting to think LV would get the ball and then just drive down the field and score. Of course, it couldn't be that simple. TD taken back.} ESPN screencap. 7:22 in OT, score still 27-27, LV in red zon
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14 Sep
1/ MacDonald died? Oh man.

First of all, I wish there was a website to find out if I'm allowed to publicly like a dead guy. Like a list of crimes so I know how to calibrate the right mix of sad, or happy, that he's dead.

[Please do that in Norm's voice]
2/ Certain people who're called "an [artist]'s artist" usually are extremists in that craft, and often unrecognized by all but a niche audience. In comedy, one of my areas of expertise, that doesn't always yield someone I personally enjoy.
3/ E.g. I detest Andy Kaufman's comedy because, for me, the barely disguised intend was cruelty. Other comedians work for "their time" like Lenny Bruce who I wish I found funnier than I do.

MacDonald was in that category.

(and this comment is great)
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14 Sep
1/ My son, new freshman at his high school, got the cover article in the weekly Torah journal, which was an awesome piece of nachas over #RoshHashanah

A few comments I feel I should make (and download available at this BE"H static link):
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2/ I did not help him directly in any way. Despite my eager offer to discuss and/or proofread, he successfully shielded himself from my relentless, avid desire to help him with a D'var Torah.

I say this because (1) it's a really good piece & (2) all the language is his.
3/ However, as a gift to me, he did say that he learned "tautological" from our many conversations (yes!) and from my meta-perspective, I see he followed the advice I give to all my homiletics students based on my decades of speeches, articles, classes & other media.
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