Sunday, December 11, 2005

The Afternoon Prayer of Isaac

"Isaac went out to meditate ('lasuach') in the field toward evening."
[Gen. 24:63]
"The soul is always praying.
It constantly seeks
to fly away to its Beloved."
According to Rav Kook,
what we call 'prayer'
is only an external expression of the inner prayer of the soul.
In order to truly pray, we must be aware
of our continuous inner prayer.
Through prayer, the soul flowers with new strength...
just as a tree naturally flowers and sends forth branches.

Friday, December 09, 2005

The Birth of Eve

Eve was created from Adam’s rib,
which also can mean in Hebrew, shadow.
How a man views the opposite sex is
a shadow of his own self-esteem.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Kinky Friedman For Governor 2006

Kinky makes his case for governor at UTB

Written by Kevin Garcia--The Brownsville Herald
Friday, 02 December 2005
November 30, 2005 — Independent candidate for Texas governor Kinky Friedman said during a visit to Brownsville on Tuesday that he’d like to see the border closed so a new system for keeping it open can be made..........

"They don't make Jews like Jesus anymore."

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Fractal Geometry of Torah

Richard S. Ellis
Professor: Department of Mathematics and StatisticsAdjunct Professor, Department of Judaic and Near Eastern Studies

The Book of Leviticus and the Fractal Geometry of Torah

By Richard S. Ellis

The statement of Galileo that "the great book which ever lies before our eyes—I mean the Universe—is written in mathematical language and the characters are triangles, circles, and other geometrical figures" applies as well to the Halakhah. And not for naught did the Gaon of Vilna tell the translator of Euclid’s geometry into Hebrew [R. Barukh of Shklov], that "To the degree that a man is lacking in the wisdom of mathematics he will lack one hundredfold in the wisdom of the Torah."

The Archangel Gabriel warned the prophet, "God is hidden by 70,000 veils of light and darkness............

Human Logic, G-d's Logic, and the Akedah By Richard Ellis

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

The Mandelbrot Set

Benoit Mandelbrot

20-Nov-1924 Birthplace: Warsaw, Poland
Gender: Male Religion:
Jewish Occupation: Mathematician

Benoit Mandelbrot is a Polish-born French mathematician best known as the father of fractal geometry. In addition to coining the term "fractal" to describe objects and surfaces which are irregular at various dimensions of scale, he also introduced such concepts as "fractal dimensions" and the particular fractal known as the Mandelbrot set, frequently represented with the mathematical formula z -> z^2 + c . Mandelbrot joined an IBM's Thomas J. Watson Research Center in 1958, and remained with the company ever since, eventually becoming first an IBM Fellow, and then a Fellow Emeritus. He is currently a Sterling Professor of Mathematical Sciences Emeritus with Yale University.

Mandelbrot means "almond bread" in German..........................
The Torah is a fractal because, as the mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot explained, each small portion can be viewed as a reduced scale replica of the whole.

Sunday, December 04, 2005

The Jewish Atheist

A Jewish Atheist?


A Jewish Atheist!

by Dave Silverman

I know a lot of Atheists, many of whom hate the reaction they get when they tell people what they think. We've all seen it, the rolling eyes, the open mouth, and the obvious questions.But there's one thing that you can tell people and get an even stronger reaction, one so strong that even I am hesitant to tell someone unless I know I'll have the time to explain. You see, I'm a Jewish atheist. Telling people this has almost always followed with a long drawn-out explanation of how the two ideas are not mutually exclusive and how I'm "really an Atheist" even though I also call myself a Jew as well............

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Saturday, December 03, 2005

Rabbi David Zeller

"Living Judaism is not meant to cut you off from the world around you.
It is intended to keep you from getting cut off from the world within you. "

Thursday, December 01, 2005


Allen Stewart Konigsberg
A few notable quotes

When I was in school, I cheated on my metaphysics exam:
I looked into the soul of the boy sitting next to me.
What is it about death that bothers me so much? Probably the hours.
The good people sleep better, while the bad ones seemed to enjoy the waking hours much more.
To you I'm an atheist; to God, I'm the Loyal Opposition.
The lion and the calf shall lie down together but the calf won’t get much sleep.

(Born to an Orthodox Jewish family Dec. 1st ,1935)