Monthly Archives: December 2013

Va’era (Exodus 6:2-9:35)

This week’s dramatic portion starts with a recap (“Previously, in the Book of Exodus…”).  The Lord has appeared to Moses and Aaron with a message for the Children of Israel, who don’t believe the men because they (the C. of … Continue reading

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Shemot (Exodus 1:1-6:1)

After the dysfunctional family shenanigans of Genesis, Exodus (in Hebrew, Shemot, “names”) begins the exciting story of an outsider who is miraculously saved from death and grows up to lead his people from slavery to freedom.  Get out the popcorn! … Continue reading

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Vayekhi (Genesis 47:28 – 50:26)

 This week, we finish the book of Genesis.  Again, while the surface looks fairly rosy, what lies beneath is much darker.  At the start of the portion, 17 years have passed, so Jacob is now 147, and the famine has … Continue reading

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Vayigash (Genesis 44:18 – 47:27)

Bit of a time crunch.  Yes, that happens even in retirement.  Too many errands and tasks to get done before we leave on a brief vacation.  So, not for the first time, you are being subjected to a rerun commentary, … Continue reading

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