Monthly Archives: October 2013

Hayyei Sarah (Genesis 23:1-25:18)

I don’t know about you, but I find this week’s portion a relief after all the sturm und drang of Sodom and Gomorrah, Lot and his daughters, the banishment of Hagar and Ishmael, and the binding of Isaac.  What we … Continue reading

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Va’yera (Gen. 18:1-22:24)

This week’s portion contains stories characterized by varying degrees of turmoil.  While Abraham is recovering from his circumcision, he receives three guests and provides (or asks Sarah to provide) graciously for them.  Here, we have an example of two mitzvot, … Continue reading

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Lech L’cha (Genesis 12:1 – 17:27)

This week, we get into the stories of Abraham and Sarah, born Abram and Sarai.  At the beginning of Lech L’cha, Abram is 75 and Sarai, 65.  They are childless.  Abram’s father Terah had intended to move from Ur to … Continue reading

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

A funny thing happened to me when I chanted the haftarah for Bereishit last week from the Etz Hayim book.  It was long.  First page.  Second page.  By the third, I wondered what had possessed me to volunteer to do … Continue reading

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