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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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Rosh Hashanah 5780

One of my earliest non-work electronic pastimes was sharing jokes by email.  20 years ago, I sent some Rosh Hashanah jokes to a bunch of friends.  Then came Yom Kippur humor.  After Simchat Torah, I sent out some jokes related … Continue reading

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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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Lech L’cha (Genesis 12:1 – 17:27)

Yes, we’re back.  Yes, we had a great time.  Yes, pictures of Venice, Montenegro, and Greece will be posted.  Also, though it’s been several days, my mind is still kind of foggy. (2015 Comments) In grad school, I remember once, … 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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Lech L’cha (Genesis 12:1 – 17:27)

Why Abraham? The story of Abram (later Abraham) and his family starts with a command to him from the Lord (12:1-3): The LORD said to Abram, “Go forth from your native land and from your father’s house to the land … Continue reading

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