Beit Gamaliel

The House of Gamaliel: The confluence of knowledge and faith.

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Something We’re Not

We all have skeletons in our closets–well, unless you are under 25 years old and still working on your skeletons. Most adults have done something in their lives for which they are still at least a little embarrassed. And if you are one of the lucky ones, you have no collateral damage as a result of those embarrassing phases. The worse case scenario would be that you made some major decision during those less-than-honorable moments that has haunted you the rest of your life.

Oh, the stories we could tell of each other. Stories that could bring our friends, (and maybe, our enemies) to their knees! It certainly makes the “Friend” feature on Facebook very handy! Read More

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Forced Religion and Forced Patriotism.

In a daft move this week, the Leon County School District in Florida sent out an OPT OUT form to parents so that students may opt-out of reciting the United States Pledge of Allegiance. The form is to be signed by the parent or guardian and returned to the child’s school. Read More

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Inhospitable World

While exiting the nursery of Lowe’s last weekend, I saw a gentleman kick a cart that spun out of control and crashed into a nearby car, leaving a long red streak down the side of the vehicle. Surprisingly, the gentleman then walked across the parking lot, got into his car. Read More

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Pitching Her Tent: The Husband My Wife Desires

This post is dedicated to Dana, my beautiful wife of 22 1/2 years.

As we prepare for this shabbat, we are also heading into Valentine’s Day, the ONE day a year that all decent husbands buy something for their wives and utter the words, “I love you.” Abraham probably does not come to mind when conjuring role models for good husbands. After all, he did try to pawn off his wife as his sister. However, I was recently reminded of an innocuous mistranslation in the Bible that became the foundation for a very important Jewish ideology of how men are to honor their wives. Read More