Monthly Archives: November 2016

Hayyei Sarah (Genesis 23.1-25.18)

My mother would have turned 101 tomorrow.  It also struck me yesterday that today is the 50th anniversary of my Bat Mitzvah.  (Actually, we were still pronouncing it “Bas Mitzvah”).  Friday night, November 25, 1966, at Congregation Beth El in … Continue reading

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

This is not a G-rated Torah portion.  We start with a nice little story of Abraham’s hospitality, as he recovers from his circumcision, to three strangers. They turn out to be angels who confirm that Abraham and Sarah will have … Continue reading

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Lech L’cha (Genesis 12:1 – 17:27)

  I am tired.  Here are old comments with old and new humor.  Abram is told to leave his country, maybe for reasons not so different from those who toy with that idea today. Sometimes the “homeland” just isn’t home … Continue reading

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Noah (Genesis 6:9-11:32)

[Noah is pronounced with a guttural h in Hebrew] Last year, I wrote: “This is another of those Bible portions that get whitewashed to be made suitable for children.  Think about it.  All humans, including babies and children, and all … Continue reading

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