Monthly Archives: November 2019

Toldot (Genesis 25:19-28:9)

I hope you had a pleasant Thanksgiving. If not, maybe you’ll be extra ready to relate to the tales of dysfunctional family life in this week’s Torah portion. Comments below are from 2009. This week’s reading is focused on family … Continue reading

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Chayei Sarah (Genesis 23:1-25:18)

This week: a rare peaceful interlude in the stories of biblical family life. [For tension and intrigue, see the accompanying haftarah, 1 Kings 1:1-31, in which David is dying and his throne, promised to Solomon, is usurped by another son, … Continue reading

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Vayeira (Genesis 18:1 – 22:24)

(2016 comments, lightly edited) 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 … Continue reading

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Lech L’cha (Genesis 12:1 – 17:27)

Now that we’ve got all the universal stuff out of the way, we begin the story of the Jewish people with the first of the patriarchs, Abraham (How many of you remember a little book we read in Hebrew school … Continue reading

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Noah (Genesis 6:9-11:32)

It’s a good thing we finally got the sukkah down (mostly – just the frame and tied-on bamboos poles left).  There was a big storm around here yesterday (October 31), though the most dramatic portions came well after the trick-or-treaters … Continue reading

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