Thursday, 3 July 2014
Reading and other activities for this month
Well tomorrow me and Sarah are going to see my sister Esther for a weekend (and then down to Cornwall for a week). So I shall be quite busy for a bit. Tomorrow is also the 4th July, so I wish our American readership & friends a happy Independence day (even if it was Independence from such a cool country as Great Britain!). So given that I'm busy and David & the rest don't post as often as me, this will also be the week's Shabbos reflection thread as well. Clearly there is much to pray and think over this week, as well as our 'usual' (but in no way insignificant activities and prayers). I am sure that you know what I mean here, if you read the news and this blog regularly : pray for the families and friends of Naftali Frenkel, Gilad Shaar and Eyal Yifrach, for the Israeli response and for peace generally.
As we are now into the summer months, which include holidays & vacations, I do seem to read more.Whilst my leisure and fun activities include playing the piano, running, swimming , stargazing , cooking & having a couple of glasses of vinto tinto with friends, it also includes a lot of reading. So July's reading, alongside Torah study, is:
'The Challenge of Creation: Judaism's Encounter with Science, Cosmology and Evolution' by Rabbi Natan Slifkin
'Future Tense: Jews, Judaism, and Israel in the Twenty-first Century' by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks
'Physics of the Impossible: A Scientific Exploration Into the World of Phasers, Force Fields, Teleportation, and Time Travel' by Professor Michio Kaku
'To Kill a Mockingbird' by Harper Lee
'A game of Battleships' by Toby Frost
I'm also writing a discussion paper for a club I run [ Hannah & friends Thursday club] which is titled 'On Liberty verses the Guide for the perplexed : John Stuart Mill & Moses Maimonides go head to head over a pint : Discuss' .
What do you guys do for run and leisure? What are you reading or have you read any of the books above before & have anything to say about them and do you have anything you wish to share.