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Shabbat Shemot 5780

  • Posted on January 16, 2020
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When we think of spirituality, we usually think of things ephemeral and esoteric. The term itself is based on a word, spirit, that is intangible and therefore not subject to the rules that apply to concrete and tangible things. That would lead one to think that there is little-to-no connection between the spirit and the Continue Reading »

Shabbat Vayehi 5780

  • Posted on January 10, 2020
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In the final moments of his life, our third patriarch, Ya’akov, prepares to give his children a picture of the future. Instead, he proceeds to reflect on their past. “And Ya’akov called his sons and said, ‘Come together that I may tell you what is to befall you in days to come…Reuven, you are my Continue Reading »

Shabbat Vayigash 5780

  • Posted on January 3, 2020
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Now that Yosef has told his brothers who he really is, it’s time to get his father to join the rest of the family in Egypt. What’s more, when Pharaoh gets word of the connection, he instructs Yosef to tell his brothers to fetch their dad and reunite the family. “Do as follows: take from Continue Reading »

Shabbat Vayigash 5780

  • Posted on January 3, 2020
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Now that Yosef has told his brothers who he really is, it’s time to get his father to join the rest of the family in Egypt. What’s more, when Pharaoh gets word of the connection, he instructs Yosef to tell his brothers to fetch their dad and reunite the family. “Do as follows: take from Continue Reading »

Shabbat Miketz/Hanukkah 5780

  • Posted on December 27, 2019
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The tables are turned. Once upon a time, Yosef was left vulnerable, thrown in a pit by his brothers, soon to be sold into slavery for 20 pieces of silver. Now, they have come to Egypt desperate for rations with a famine raging in the region. And it is none other than Yosef who is Continue Reading »

Shabbat Vayeshev 5780

  • Posted on December 20, 2019
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We will soon be celebrating the miracle of Hanukkah. Or, more accurately, the miracles of Hanukkah. We light candles for eight days to commemorate the extraordinary staying power of one small cruse of oil for eight days when the Hasmoneans recaptured and rededicated the Temple. But what about the Hasmonean victory over the Seleucid Greeks? Continue Reading »

Shabbat Vayishlah 5780

  • Posted on December 12, 2019
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We Jews are understandably jumpy these days. Yet another act of violent hatred against our People in Jersey City is deeply unsettling, and it is natural for us to be frightened.   Our ancestor Ya’akov also had good reason to be anxious at the beginning of this week’s Torah portion, Vayishlah. He hasn’t seen his twin Continue Reading »

Shabbat Vayeitzei 5780

  • Posted on December 5, 2019
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When we think of the many stories of sibling rivalry in Sefer Bereshit, the Book of Genesis, we tend to focus on brothers. But let’s not forget that in this week’s Torah portion, Vayeitzei, the relationship between two sisters, Leah and Rahel, is front and center.   There are several ways that the Torah draws our attention to Continue Reading »

Shabbat Toldot 5780

  • Posted on November 29, 2019
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In the religion of Biblical Israel, as in many societies, being the first-born was of great signficance. In Deuteronomy 21:15-17, we learn the legal impications of first-born status: “If a man has two wives, one loved and the other unloved, and both the loved and the unloved have borne him sons, but the first-born is Continue Reading »

Shabbat Hayei-Sarah 5780

  • Posted on November 22, 2019
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There is trouble in King David’s palace, and not for the first time. The king is elderly and cannot stay warm. All around him there is turmoil and uncertainty. As his days are numbered, who will succeed him and ascend to the throne? In a scene reminiscent of the tragic, failed rebellion of Avshalom, Adoniyah Continue Reading »