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B’shelach (Exodus 13:17-17:16) What Is Your Amekek?

What a powerful and dramatic portion we have this week. B’shelach will keep us very busy. From the drama of the Sea of Reeds to Miriam’s song (see the mi camocha and chapter 15), to [Read more…]

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Bo (Exodus 10:1-13:16) A Plague of Spiritual Darkness ?

    In this week’s portion we confront the final plagues as well as texts that speak to us regarding the observance of Passover. There are ethical and theological issues in this portion, especially the [Read more…]

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Sh’mot (Exodus 1:1-6:1) Another Sacred Question For Our Generation?

 A new Pharaoh arose and our history changed again. The Book of Exodus opens with this simple, yet, significant phrase that signaled the shift in Jewish history. The portion is rich in story lines. We [Read more…]

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Miketz (Genesis 41:1-44:17): Where Does Your Faith Begin?

I keep making the mistake of watching the news and reading several newspapers a day. It has become a challenge to keep one’s faith in humanity and sanity. It has become harder to have faith. [Read more…]

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A Channukah Thought: A Great Miracle Happens…..

A Great Miracle Happens…..   What will those candles of the Channukiah mean to you as you light them this year? Will they be a formality? Will they symbolize material things? Will they allow us [Read more…]

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Vayeshev (Genesis 37:1-40:23): Perchance to Dream?

Back in the day, one of my favorite groups was the Everly  Brothers. I remember the album that featured one of my favorite songs “Dream, Dream Dream”.  The lyric “all I have to do is [Read more…]

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A Blessing For Transitioning Genders

This week is Transgender Awareness Week. This issue has, as many of you know, become more openly discussed in recent years. It is being played out in many of our families and, no doubt, many [Read more…]

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Vayishlach (Genesis 32:4-36:43) The Challenge of Reconciliation…Can We Let Go of the Past?

This is one of the most famous transformational and transitional portions in Torah. Jacob wrestles with something or someone or himself on the eve of his reunion with Esau. As you remember, this results in [Read more…]