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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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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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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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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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Toldot (Genesis 25:19 – 28:9)

Lies.  Deception.  Cons.  Cunning.  Cheating.  Taking advantage of the weak.  No, this isn’t about current U.S. politics.  Those are the threads that run through the book of Genesis, particularly from this week’s portion onward.  Here’s a summary of Toldot (generations) … 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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Vayishlach (Genesis 32:4 – 36:43)

Today is the centenary of the birth of my mother, Lillian A. Greenwald, neé Lillian Reba Abrams, Rivka Leah bat Yisrael v’Liba.  Mother.  Mama.  Missing her, but grateful for the 97 years she was here.  Here’s Daddy’s favorite picture of … Continue reading

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