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Vayeira (Genesis 18:1 – 22:24)

(From 2015) 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, the expulsion of a woman and her son into the wilderness … Continue reading

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Rosh Hashanah

Tonight, we mark the birthday of the world, so it is quite fitting that today is the birthday of our favorite son. Happy birthday, Alan! Rosh Hashanah, which starts tonight, marks the beginning of the year 5779 (and Year Twenty … Continue reading

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

Parashat Vayeira includes a lot of stories, each one having some negative or ambiguous aspect, even the birth of a long (really long) awaited son. I often avoid discussing the near-sacrifice of Isaac here, but I think I’ll stop dancing … 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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Rosh Hashanah

5777!  Wow!  That means this is the start of the 18th year of Torah Portion Humor!  WOOHOO!!!  Since the numerical values of the letters that spell “life,” het and yud, add up to 18, I’ll take that as a good omen. … 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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