Monthly Archives: November 2013

Miketz (Gen. 41:1 – 44:17), 3rd day of Chanukah (Num. 7:24-29)

 (Yes, I know this spread probably depicts an unkosher mixing of dairy and meat, but what the heck, it’s a pretty picture.  Thanks, Arlene!) You won’t have to wait 79,000+ years for the first day of Chanukah to occur on … Continue reading

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Vayeishev (Gen. 37:1-40:23)

Yes, I remember where I was when Kennedy was assassinated, 50 years ago today.  I was in my sixth grade classroom, and we were cutting out bell shapes from construction paper, I think for Christmas decorations (why so early, I … Continue reading

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Vayishlach (Genesis 32:4 – 36:43)

The picture below is where I grew up in West Philadelphia.  My house is the one on the corner with the yellow paint.  The bedroom my sister Miriam and I shared is behind the front bay windows on the second … Continue reading

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

Love, jealousy, greed, cheating, theft, manipulation, and rags-to-riches via hard work and genetic engineering.  All that, in this week’s portion.  I always wonder if those who say they want marriage and family modeled on the Bible have read Genesis.  Maybe … Continue reading

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Tol’dot (Genesis 25:19 – 28:9)

What happened to Isaac? This week’s portion begins, Eleh tol’dot Yitzchak, “these are the generations (or chronicles) of Isaac.”  But Isaac doesn’t seem to be a major player in his own story.  The activities recorded in Chapter 26, which chronologically … Continue reading

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