Monthly Archives: October 2015

Vayeira (Gen. 18:1-22:24)

As so we continue the demonstrations of “family values” in Genesis.  This week, in Parashat Vayeira, we have instances of duplicity, pimping, seduction, incest, attempted second degree murder (more on that below), the expulsion of a woman and her son … Continue reading

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Lech L’cha (Genesis 12:1 – 17:27)

In grad school, I remember once, while I was walking somewhere but my mind was elsewhere, a person came up to me and kindly asked if I knew where I was going.  This has happened to me several times when … Continue reading

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Noah (Genesis 6:9-11:32)

This week: Noah (guttural “h” in Hebrew) and his ark, the discovery of wine, and the Tower of Babel.  Previously, in Parashat (the Torah portion of) Bereishit, the Lord decided to wipe out life on earth and start over.  Now, … Continue reading

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Bereishit (Genesis 1:1-6:8)

There’s something about switching from a largely unscheduled summer to a new fall schedule plus holiday activities (including miserable weather for most of Sukkot) plus having to make up tasks I let go because of said holidays (7 weekdays’ worth) … Continue reading

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Shabbat Chol HaMoed Sukkot, Hoshana Rabbah, Shemini Atzeret, Simchat Torah, V’zot HaBracha (Deut. 33:1-34:12)

We’re heading down the home stretch, both of the holiday season and of the annual Torah reading.  We have four, count ‘em, four, (except three for Reform) consecutive special days.  On Shabbat Chol HaMoed Sukkot, the first Torah reading is … Continue reading

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