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Vayishlach (Genesis 32:4 – 36:43)

This week, Jacob learns what happens when you try to go home again. I grew up in West Philadelphia.  Although we moved out in 1970, that is still in my memory as “home.”  My husband worked at Mercy Philadelphia Hospital … Continue reading

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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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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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Balak (Numbers 22:2 – 25:9)

(Singing) “Summertime, and I don’t feel like writing.”  Comments are from June 25, 2010 . Stay cool. Last week: life, death, purity and impurity, despair and hope.  This week: a frightened king, a puffed-up sorcerer, and a talking ass (literal, not … 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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Re’eh (Deuteronomy 11:26 – 16:17), Shabbat Rosh Chodesh (Numbers 28:9-15)

  This week’s and the next two weeks’ Torah portions contain the bulk of the laws in Deuteronomy.  The overall theme in Re’eh is summarized in the first few verses, 11:26-28: 26 See, this day I set before you a blessing … Continue reading

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