Monthly Archives: October 2010

Hayyei Sarah (Genesis 23.1-25.18)

After last week’s stories of Sodom and Gomorrah, incest, banishment and near death in the desert, and near (very, very near) human sacrifice, this week’s portion provides welcome relief.  Yes, it stars with the death of Sarah, but the opening … Continue reading

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Va’yera (Genesis 18:1 – 22:24)

Lots of stories this week:  Three angels confirm that Sarah and Abraham will have a son.  Sodom and Gomorrah are destroyed but Lot and his daughters are rescued.  Abraham again tells a host ruler, this time Abimelech, that Sarah is … Continue reading

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Lech L’cha (Genesis 12:1 – 17:27)

Now that we have finished with the preliminaries, for the rest of Genesis, we narrow our focus to the lives of one family, Abram and Sarai, and the three generations that will follow them.  This week’s portion, Lech L’cha, contains … Continue reading

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Noah (Genesis 6:9-11:32), Shabbat Rosh Chodesh (Num. 28:9-15)

Today and tomorrow we mark Rosh Chodesh (New Moon) Cheshvan, aka Marcheshvan, Mar Cheshvan, etc.  Stuff I didn’t know, from  http://jhom.com/calendar/heshvan/about.html  :               ‘Before the Babylonian exile, the month was known as Bul; it appears in the Bible in I … Continue reading

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