Monthly Archives: December 2015

Shemot (Exodus 1:1-6:1)

I’ve been feeling somewhat out of sorts – sad and restless.  Maybe it’s the incessantly grey skies and wet chill.  I worry what will happen to the plants that have started to bud and bloom, believing it to be March.  … Continue reading

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Vayekhi (Genesis 47:28 – 50:26)

Merry Christmas to those of you who celebrate it, even if you’re stuck with warm, foggy weather.  We went out for Chinese last night, and I expect to see a movie today.   I have many happy memories of Christmas seasons.  … Continue reading

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Vayigash (Genesis 44:18 – 47:27)

Since we’re leaving on vacation tomorrow and I haven’t yet packed, here is a rerun from 2005 and 2011. ‘Bye! “I believe this portion is supposed to be the one with the happy ending.  It tries so hard to be.  First … Continue reading

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Miketz (Gen. 41:1-44:17), 6th day of Chanukah (Num. 7:42-47), Rosh Hodesh Tevet (Num. 28:9-15)

Three Torah scrolls this Shabbat: One for the regular weekly reading, Miketz; one for the 6th day of Chanukah; and one for Shabbat Rosh Hodesh, the beginning of the month of Tevet.  Other additions:  Hallel (Ps. 113-118), a special prayer … Continue reading

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

After all that has happened to him, Jacob expects the rest of his life to be smooth sailing, now that he and his family are settled in Canaan.  His favorite son, Joseph, now 17, is very bright, handsome (probably looks … Continue reading

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