Monthly Archives: November 2018

Vayeishev (Gen. 37:1-40:23), Chanukah

It can be really difficult to be exceptional, even “exceptional” in a positive sense.  Case in point: Joseph, whose story we read over the next four weeks. Jacob has settled down with his family in Canaan.  Joseph, now 17, is … Continue reading

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Vayishlach (Genesis 32:4 – 36:43)

We’re at the beginning of a holiday season of family and partying and buying stuff and music.  For me, as I grew up, it was highlighted by several family birthdays, beginning with my late mother’s (11/26/15), followed by mine a … Continue reading

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

Comments from 2013 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 … Continue reading

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Toldot (Genesis 25:19 – 28:9)

Isaac, Rebecca, Esau, and Jacob: the prototypical dysfunctional family.  Sibling rivalry, blatant parental favoritism, a breakdown of communication between husband and wife, taking advantage of the infirmity of an old man.  And lots of scheming. This portion should be Isaac’s, … Continue reading

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Chayei Sarah (Genesis 23:1-25:18)

Chayei Sarah (חַיֵּי שָׂרָה) means “life of Sarah.”  The Torah portion actually begins with Sarah’s death at the age of 127.  (Tradition has it that she died of shock, from either horror at the thought that Abraham would sacrifice their … Continue reading

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