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Vayetze (Gen. 28:10-32:3)

Comments from 2013 Love, jealousy, greed, cheating, theft, manipulation, and rags-to-riches via hard work and genetic engineering.  All that, in this week’s portion.  I always wonder if those who say they want marriage and family modeled on the Bible have … Continue reading

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Chayei Sarah (Genesis 23:1-25:18)

Chayei Sarah (חַיֵּי שָׂרָה) means “life of Sarah.”  The Torah portion actually begins with Sarah’s death at the age of 127.  (Tradition has it that she died of shock, from either horror at the thought that Abraham would sacrifice their … Continue reading

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Vayetze (Gen. 28:10-32:3)

It is the day after Thanksgiving, and while I have no ready excuse – my husband made the delicious feast and my visiting daughter did a lot of clean-up (thanks, Rich and Roz!), I am nevertheless distracted and behind schedule. … Continue reading

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Hayyei Sarah (Genesis 23.1-25.18)

  Comments are from 2010, except for an updated link.  Jokes are newly dug up. “After last week’s stories of Sodom and Gomorrah, incest, banishment and near death in the desert, and near (very, very near) human sacrifice, this week’s … Continue reading

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Vayetze (Gen. 28:10-32:3)

This week: a rags-to-riches story involving lots of breeding – both livestock and human – and the interpersonal manipulations and deception omnipresent in the book of Genesis. Jacob flees to Haran, ostensibly to find a wife, but without all the … Continue reading

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Hayyei Sarah (Genesis 23.1-25.18)

My mother would have turned 101 tomorrow.  It also struck me yesterday that today is the 50th anniversary of my Bat Mitzvah.  (Actually, we were still pronouncing it “Bas Mitzvah”).  Friday night, November 25, 1966, at Congregation Beth El in … Continue reading

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Vayetze (Gen. 28:10-32:3)

This week, in Parashat Vayetze:  A ladder to heaven, a meeting at a well, a devious uncle, two wives, two concubines, 11 sons, and a daughter.  A 20-year rags to riches story.  Jacob grows up, and what goes around, comes … Continue reading

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