Monthly Archives: November 2012

Vayishlach (Genesis 32:4 – 36:43)

Now that I am no longer consumed by the minutiae of patent law, I can be contemplative about other things.  Past meets present unexpectedly.  I visited my mother on her birthday, which always leads to reminiscing.  In my genealogical searches, … Continue reading

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Wrestling in Parashat Vayishlach (2007)

(taken from a November 24, 2007 d’var Torah on Parashat Va’yishlach by Irene G. Plotzker)  Shabbat shalom. Today, I am going to focus on wrestling.  Not WWE. By the way, I am the only one in my family who does not … Continue reading

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Vayetze (Gen. 28:10-32:3)

In this week’s Torah portion, Jacob gets to know his mother’s side of the family.  Far from having to stay with Uncle Laban for “a few days,” as hoped by Rebecca, Jacob stays a total of 20 years, and mother … Continue reading

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Toledot (Genesis 25:19-28:9)

[Since some of you asked, yes, my retirement was totally voluntary and happily anticipated.] Sweeney’s Bakery has been owned and operated by the Sweeney family for over 50 years.  While Mr. Sweeney passed away a few years ago, the family … Continue reading

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Hayyei Sarah (Genesis 23.1-25.18) 5773

This is one of the most idyllic Torah portions in Genesis.  No one turns to salt, no one is banished and almost dies in the desert, no one murders his brother or almost sacrifices his son.  There’s even a lack … Continue reading

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Va’yera (Gen. 18:1-22:24)

This week has been particularly discombobulating for me.  I underestimated how much time I would need to finish (sort of) some patent work, purge files (paper and electronic), chat with everyone who’s been dropping by to wish me well,  and … Continue reading

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