May I Please Borrow a Cup of Sugar?

sugar cookies

It’s a sure fire way to meet your new neighbors. Walk next door with a measuring cup in your hand and say, “Hi. We just moved in. I want to bake cookies, but I can’t find the sugar. May I please borrow a cup of sugar?”

Of course, they’ll say yes and you are well on your way to forming a new friendship.

That’s great when you’re new in a community. Does the same thing work when you are leaving?

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Why 1 Serpent is Better Than 100

rock paper scissors

 

Just a Game?

This week’s parasha reminds me of the kid’s game rock-paper-scissors.

When I was growing up in Los Angeles, here is how we described the winner of each round:

  • Rock breaks scissors
  • Scissors cuts paper
  • Paper covers rock

No matter what choice you make, you might win or you might lose. Sure, if you both make the same choice, then the game is a draw. But I always played to win :-).

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What Does a Serpent Prove?

serpent

Parashat Va’eira 5772

The question is really quite simple.

Suppose I want to prove to you that I am the best at something. For an easy example, I claim to be the best at kicking a football.

We go out to a field and I kick a football 200 feet. You then call over five other people who all proceed to do exactly the same thing.

On what basis can I maintain my claim to be the best?

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