Monthly Archives: November 2011

Toledot (Genesis 25:19-28:9)

Since we tied up Abraham’s story last week and Isaac has been married off, it is no surprise that this week’s portion begins. “These are the generations (also translated “this is the story”) of Isaac.”  But there’s actually very little … Continue reading

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Hayyei Sarah (Genesis 23.1-25.18)

This week, we transition from Abraham as the focus to Isaac.  The portion opens with Sarah’s death at 127.  Tradition has it that she died immediately after the near-sacrifice of Isaac (either shock her husband nearly killed their son or … Continue reading

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Va’yera (Genesis 18:1 – 22:24)

You are getting this early because I will be taking next week off and trying to think as little as possible.  Unfortunately, my brain is already shutting down.  I was thinking last night about what I wanted to write about … Continue reading

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Lech L’cha (Genesis 12:1 – 17:27)

This week, we get into the story of Abraham and his family.  At this point, he is Abram, 75, a wealthy man who moved with his father Terah from Ur to Haran.  He is married to Sarai, childless.  Then the … Continue reading

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