Tag Archives: Abimelech

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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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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Toldot (Genesis 25:9 – 28:9)

After the promisingly idyllic ending last week, we return to the narrative and its threads of crime, sin, deception, revenge, punishment, and other bad actions.  But before we throw up our hands in despair at all the shenanigans, consider this: … Continue reading

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Toldot (Genesis 25:19 – 28:9)

Previously, in the Book of Genesis… Isaac and Rebecca seemed headed for a peaceful, loving marriage.  Maybe it was at first, at least for Isaac, but we only read that Isaac loved her (24:67), not the reverse. This week’s portion, … Continue reading

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

The stories in this Torah portion raise a whole lot of questions, so that’s what you’re getting this week: While Abraham is recovering from his circumcision, he is visited by three “men” (angels), demonstrating the mitzvah of visiting the sick. … Continue reading

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Va’yera (Gen. 18:1-22:24)

This week’s portion contains stories characterized by varying degrees of turmoil.  While Abraham is recovering from his circumcision, he receives three guests and provides (or asks Sarah to provide) graciously for them.  Here, we have an example of two mitzvot, … Continue reading

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