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Seeking the Good - Weekly Thoughts of Rabbi Mordecai Finley
HAMLET, OR FINDING PURPOSE IN AN EXISTENTIAL QUAGMIRE


There is an old story, retold many times, of a prince who finds out that his uncle has murdered his father. It turns out that his mother, the queen, was part of the plot, and is married to the villainous uncle. The prince's father's ghost wants revenge.

Things get worse; the prince's two close friends are enlisted in a plot to murder him, the prince. He gets them killed. The prince, thinking he has found his vile uncle hiding behind a wall tapestry, stabs at the wall-hanging and kills his girlfriend's insufferably pontificati...

Random Thoughts on the Torah Portion - Mishpatim - The Dutch, Rye Whiskey, Clint Eastwood, Dwight Eisenhower, etc.



Our Torah portion begins with laws about slavery. Who begins their Constitution with laws about slavery? Former slaves. Former slaves would have begun our constitution with the 14th amendment. You might say that our nation really began its march toward moral grandeur with the Civil War and the 14th amendment, thank had been crafted by a nation that had allowed itself to countenance slavery until it couldn't anymore and fought a bloody war to press the point. As a nation, we could finally face the shame and the horror and pass laws tha...


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