A monthly commentary relating Torah to learning about Jewish sacred aging.
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…]
This week’s portion presents us again with a wide variety of issues. Yet, the theme, I suggest, that unites them is that of relationships; from their loss to the emergence of ones that are new. [Read more…]
The richness of this week’s portion is evident from the opening verses in which Abraham invites “messengers” into his tent; two mitzvoth emerge from this act; that of hospitality and that of visiting the sick [Read more…]
The high drama of Genesis continues this week. Lech L’cha offers us a variety of texts to consider. We meet Hagar and the birth of Ishmael and the seeds of conflict between Sarai and Hagar [Read more…]
Welcome to the new Torah reading cycle. With the conclusion of the Holidays, we begin again our annual journey of discovery. We are at Creation; and it is “good”. This Torah portion is a semester [Read more…]
The Torah reading for the Shabbat of Sukkot is drawn from Exodus 32:12-34:26. It is a recitation of holidays, including Sukkot. It also contains this famous incident in which Moses pleads to see God. He [Read more…]