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Brian Mailman

Shavuot – The Sound of Moosic

May 21, 2009, by

Shavuot, aka “Z’man Matan Torateinu,” The Time of the Giving of Our Torah is soon to be feast a-pun us. So to understand the title of this episode, we read in Exodus 19:16-19: “And it was on the third day, as it became morning, and there was thunder and lightning and a thick cloud on […]

Passover: “Lean” Cuisine

March 31, 2009, by

There’s Four Questions. Pick a question, any question… see if you can find it again! Actually, I was hoping you’d pick the fourth of these parables: 4. Why is this night different from all other nights? For on all other nights, we eat either sitting straight or leaning; But tonight we are required to lean! […]

Cunning General, Hidden Empress

March 3, 2009, by

Purim, and disguise the limit! Tradition has us featuring costumes relating to the characters named in the Megillah (The, ummm… err… extensive and quite thorough… story of Purim) as hiding the truth inside an inapt metaphor is part of the holiday theme . What’s it all about, then? We read in Devarim:31 “…And I will […]

RRRUSH HaShanah

September 18, 2008, by

The holidays are rrrushing upon us, and that’s not the only thing rushing in. By. Around. Whatever, it’s one of Those Days(tm) again. The tenant downstairs needs the dryer repaired (and she wants it repaired NOW), the cat needs to be taken to the groomers, insurance rates have just gone up. Not to mention this […]

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