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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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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…]

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Vayetze (Genesis 28:10-32:3)..Who Are Your Angels?

Jacob is fleeing. The incident with Esau and the blessing has caused Rebekah to urge her favorite son to make his way to her brother Laban. So, it is in this portion that Jacob’s story [Read more…]

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Toldot (Genesis 25:19-28:9) Esau as Caregiver? An Ancient Story and a Modern Challenge.

Last Sunday afternoon. I am sitting at my son’s house in between him and my nine-year-old grandson. We are watching football. There are memories of my dad taking me to games when I was a [Read more…]

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Chaiyai Sarah: (Genesis 23:1-25:17) We Need To Be Needed!

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…]

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Vayera (Genesis 18:1-22:24): Who Will Argue For Justice?

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…]

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Lech L’cha (Genesis 12:1-17:27) The Call From Tomorrow: Go Forth in Faith

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…]

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Noah (Genesis 6:9-11:32): What Has Saved You? What is Your Ark?

So many issues! So many questions! This week’s portion is a feast of issues. From the Flood to the Rainbow to the dynamics of Noah’s sons (9) to the challenges brought to us with the [Read more…]

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B’reishet: Creating A Mature Spirituality

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…]

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Shabbat Sukkot: Stop Looking and Start Living

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…]