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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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Ki Tavo (Deuteronomy 26:1 – 29:8)

(From 2015) This week’s Torah portion, Ki Tavo, starts cheerfully and gets increasingly dark.  We first read about ceremonial offerings to be brought by the Israelites in their new land.  As I noted last year (2014), “First, we read instructions for the … Continue reading

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Ki Tavo (Deut. 26:1 – 29:8)

  We are in the middle of the month of Elul, a time for cheshbon ha-nefesh, a personal accounting as the High Holy Days approach.   At my shul, the Ark is now covered in a white curtain, rather than the … Continue reading

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Ki Tavo (Deuteronomy 26:1 – 29:8)

We are now well into the month of Elul.  At my shul, the white ark coverings are in place and the shofar is sounded every weekday morning.  We should be preparing mentally for the High Holy Days.  Part of that … Continue reading

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Re’eh (Deuteronomy 11:26 – 16:17), Shabbat Rosh Chodesh (Numbers 28:9-15)

  In this week’s portion, we get into the legal details of Deuteronomy. The portion begins, “Look, I place before you today a blessing and a curse,” the blessing for obeying the laws and the curse for not obeying.  In … Continue reading

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Behukkotai (Leviticus 26:3 – 27:34)

Today’s item is in memory of Michael Quah, my first lab partner at DuPont.  His technical, literary, verbal, and business capabilities were formidable.  Though he left the company many years before I did, the wonders of electronic communication, especially Facebook, … Continue reading

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Vayekhi (Genesis 47:28 – 50:26)

Merry Christmas to those of you who celebrate it, even if you’re stuck with warm, foggy weather.  We went out for Chinese last night, and I expect to see a movie today.   I have many happy memories of Christmas seasons.  … Continue reading

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