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Shabbat Terumah 5779

  • Posted on February 7, 2019
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The instruction manual for the building of the mishkan occupies the majority of our Torah readings for the next two weeks. Although one doesn’t usual find great moral guidance in instruction manuals, the brilliance of our interpretative tradition is its ability to find meaning in even the materials and measurements. For example, consider what this week’s portion, Terumah, Continue Reading »

Shabbat Vayehi 5779

  • Posted on December 20, 2018
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As he learns that Ya’akov is ill, Yosef rushes to his father’s bedside, bringing along his sons Menashe and Ephraim. When Yosef arrives, Ya’akov sits up in bed and launches into a rather long speech, especially considering that he is apparently gravely ill. Here is that speech in its entirety:   “El Shaddai appeared to Continue Reading »

Shabbat Miketz/Rosh Hodesh/Hanukkah

  • Posted on December 7, 2018
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If I told you that on the first night of Hanukkah, I light eight candles, and seven on the second night, and so on until the final night, when I light one candle, what would you say to me? If you were to say to me that I’m doing it wrong, you would be correct. Continue Reading »

Shabbat Vayeshev 5779

  • Posted on November 29, 2018
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In last week’s Torah reading, our People received our Biblical ethnic identity. Once Ya’akov’s name was changed to Yisrael, the scene was set for us to become his descendants, B’nai Yisrael. But this week, the wheels are set in motion for us to become Yehudim, Jews. We derive our religious, cultural and ethnic moniker from only one Continue Reading »

Shabbat Vayishlah 5779

  • Posted on November 23, 2018
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Infertility is a common thread in the Torah and in later Biblical books. Three of our four matriarchs struggle to conceive a child, as do women such as Hannah and Manoah’s unnamed wife. All of these stories seem to have happy endings, but Rahel’s case ends in tragedy.   Last week, in Parshat Vayeitzei, Rahel is Continue Reading »

Shabbat Toldot 5779

  • Posted on November 9, 2018
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Esav has come home from the hunt, and all he wants is something to eat. He sees his twin brother, Ya’akov, cooking lentil stew, and demands some. Ya’akov, wily from the womb, asks for the birthright in return. Esav’s answer is remarkable: “I am at the point of death, so of what use is the Continue Reading »

Shabbat Vayera 5779

  • Posted on October 26, 2018
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It has been said that the pivotal moment in our tradition’s history was when Avraham began to negotiate with God over the fate of the righteous people in Sodom. “Far be it from You to do such a thing like this, to kill virtuous with wicked…far be it from You. Will the judge of all Continue Reading »

Shabbat Lekh-Lekha 5779

  • Posted on October 18, 2018
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When we say at the seder that “My father was a wandering Aramean–Arami oved avi“–we might be referring to our very first father, Avram. At the end of last week’s Torah portion, we met him, and he is almost immediately on the move, leaving Ur of the Chaldeans on his way to Haran. Of course, his travels Continue Reading »

Shabbat Bereshit 5779

  • Posted on October 4, 2018
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“When the woman saw that the tree was good for eating and a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable as a source of wisdom, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave some to her husband, and he ate” (Genesis 3:6).    What kind of fruit was it? It’s Continue Reading »

Shabbat Hol Hamoed Sukkot 5779

  • Posted on September 27, 2018
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Do you ever feel that all of your hard work is for naught? Do you ever ruminate on the reality that no matter how much you accumulate, you can’t take it with you? Do you lay awake at night worrying?   If the answer to any or all of these questions is “yes,” then chapter Continue Reading »