Tag Archives: Reuben

Mattot-Masei (Numbers 30:2- 36:13)

It’s August.  I am grouchy.  People in our increasingly mean and cruel government continue to get away with ignoring subpoenas and court orders and even their own rules, destroying the hopes of refugees, scarring children emotionally for life, breaking the … Continue reading

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Vayeishev (Gen. 37:1-40:23), Chanukah

It can be really difficult to be exceptional, even “exceptional” in a positive sense.  Case in point: Joseph, whose story we read over the next four weeks. Jacob has settled down with his family in Canaan.  Joseph, now 17, is … Continue reading

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Vayishlach (Genesis 32:4 – 36:43)

We’re at the beginning of a holiday season of family and partying and buying stuff and music.  For me, as I grew up, it was highlighted by several family birthdays, beginning with my late mother’s (11/26/15), followed by mine a … Continue reading

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Mattot-Masei (Numbers 30:2- 36:13)

My eyesight is currently very asymmetrical and not up to par for extended close work. I expected to be through with all that on Thursday.  But it’s not to be, because my second cataract surgery unexpectedly had to be postponed … Continue reading

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Vayishlach (Genesis 32:4 – 36:43)

This week, Jacob goes home. When I was growing up, “home” meant a refuge from the outside world.  During my first year of college, it also meant food and TV.  Later, it meant a temporary respite from at-times-overwhelming grad school … Continue reading

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Vayishlach (Genesis 32:4 – 36:43)

This week, Jacob finally makes it home.  Here’s a summary from 2013, followed by 2016 comments: “In this week’s Torah portion, Jacob, finally on his way home, repeatedly confronts his past. He sends a suitably obsequious message to Esau, relating … Continue reading

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Mattot-Mase’ei (Numbers 30:2 – 36:13)

With this double portion, we end the book of Numbers.  This is really the end of the Israelites’ journey as well, since Deuteronomy is Moses’ month-long valedictory.  Here, the Israelites continue to tie up loose ends and promote order over … Continue reading

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