Tag Archives: Nehama Leibowitz

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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Va’etchanan (Deuteronomy 3:23 – 7:11), Shabbat Nachamu

Comments are from 2015 and 2011: (2015) Happy Tu B’Av!  If you recall Tu Bishvat and Tisha B’Av, you should be able to figure out that Tu B’Av means “15th day of the month of Av,” which is today, July … Continue reading

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Naso (Numbers 4:21 – 7:89)

Suspected adultery! Hair*! Samson!  All this and more this week!  *Scroll past the comments for my own hair history. “More” is right.  At 176 verses, this is the longest single weekly Torah portion.  There appear to be several topics, but … Continue reading

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Ki Tissa (Ex. 30:11 – 34:35)

Getting a new kitchen floor installed is more discombobulating than I’d expected.  Yes, it’s done and it’s lovely: In fact, the kitchen looks so nice empty it’s a shame to put any furniture back.  I’ll start that today, but for … Continue reading

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Yitro (Exodus 18:1 – 20:23)

“You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to Me.” That verse, Exodus 19:4, is in this week’s Torah reading, right before the Big Game.  Coincidence?  I think not.  … Continue reading

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Va’era (Exodus 6:2-9:35)

Sources: 2016, 2013, 2012 comments on Va’era. This week, we more or less start over.  Va’era makes last week’s story of the first encounters of Moses and Aaron with the Hebrews and Pharaoh seem like a TV pilot.  The basic elements were … 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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