Let’s Play Some Pac-Man…Vayikra 5777

What do really smart computers do in their free time? They play Pac-Man, or more accurately, they play Ms. Pac Man. Let’s start with a little bit of background. Pac-Man was developed by Toru Iwatani, a Japanese game designer working for the Japanese company NAMCO, in 1980. It was first launched in Japan where it […]

Parshat Vayakhel-Pikudei/Parshat HaChodesh 5777

  Basam settled into his seat at the back of the auditorium. Professor Steven’s Constitutional Law course was one of the most popular classes offered, and the auditorium was usually packed, which was just fine with Basam who thrived in back row anonymity. He flipped open his laptop and got to work. He quickly typed […]

I’ll Have the Danish Please…Ki Tisa 5777

Happiness. The most prized commodity of all. Some people think they will find it in marriage, some look for it in exotic locales halfway across the globe, others try to find it in seventeen course tasting menus, while still others think it is found in the driver’s seat of a Lexus. Where can happiness be […]

When the Madness of March Rolls in…Tetzaveh-Purim 5777

Gonzaga. If you hear that word, it’s probably March. Gonzaga University is a small Roman Catholic college in Spokane, WA, and ninety nine percent of Americans would never know that it exists if not for their basketball team which has been featured prominently in March Madness for sixteen years in a row. Most Americans go […]

I’d Like to Introduce You to Your Chauffeur…Terumah 5777

I’d like to introduce you to your chauffer for the day. His name is Mobli, and he comes from Israel. Unlike most Israeli drivers you may have had the pleasure of experiencing, he is very quiet, and he drives quite smoothly. You will not be engaged in lengthy debates about politics or religion, you will […]