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Shabbat Yitro 5777

  • Posted on February 17, 2017
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What a grand reunion does our Torah portion, Yitro, describe. After a year away from his family while busy at work, Moshe finally gets to see his family again–his wife Tzipporah, his sons Gershom and Eliezer, and his revered father-in-law, Yitro. In fact, most of the excitement, and all of the conversation, centers on the Continue Reading »

Shabbat Vaera/Rosh Hodesh Shevat 5777

  • Posted on January 27, 2017
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On multiple occasions in his dealings with Pharaoh, Moshe is instructed to confront the authoritarian leader at a particular time, with a specific message, and in a distinct posture. For example: “The LORD said to Moses, ‘Early in the morning present yourself to Pharaoh and say to him…’” (Exodus 9:13). In this case, Moshe is Continue Reading »

Shabbat Shemot 5777

  • Posted on January 20, 2017
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Every Shabbat, as part of our Torah service, we have a series of public service announcements. One of them is a prayer for our country, which includes wishes for the success and well-being of the government in its various forms. On this inauguration weekend when the occupant of the White House changes, much has been Continue Reading »

Shabbat Vayehi

  • Posted on January 13, 2017
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Several weeks ago, when his mother encouraged him to dress up as his twin brother and make off with his father’s blessing, Ya’akov was hesitant and anxious. The chances of getting busted were high, and the consequences severe: “If my father touches me, I shall appear to him as a trickster and bring upon myself Continue Reading »

Shabbat Vayigash 5777

  • Posted on January 6, 2017
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When Ya’akov receives the news that Yosef is indeed alive, and in fact in a position of authority in Egypt, his reaction is one of incredulity. “His heart went numb, for he did not believe them” (Genesis 45:26). It’s understandable that he might have felt shock, but is his disbelief a function of his inability Continue Reading »

Shabbat Miketz/Hanukkah 5777

  • Posted on December 30, 2016
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For a week that’s supposed to be about light, there’s been far too much darkness. While the inclination to address matters of the United Nations or the State Department is tempting, we need light this Shabbat Hanukkah. If you want my thoughts on current events, I’m happy to speak at kiddush; but for the sake Continue Reading »

Shabbat Vayeshev 5777

  • Posted on December 23, 2016
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After Yosef’s brothers threw him into a pit, it was all downhill from there. In fact, the Torah uses the language of descent as it tells both the continuation of that story (39:1–“When Joseph was taken down to Egypt”) and the narrative aside that interrupts his story (38:1–“Judah left his brothers,” or in Hebrew Vayered Continue Reading »

Shabbat Vayishlah 5777

  • Posted on December 15, 2016
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What makes you feel outrage? How much does it take? How closely touched must you be by the events before your emotional reaction rises to the level of outrage? When Ya’akov’s daughter Dinah is the victim of sexual assault, dad remains quiet, but the news can’t be kept from her brothers for long. “Meanwhile, Jacob’s Continue Reading »

Shabbat Vayetzei 5777

  • Posted on December 8, 2016
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For the 25+ years that I have been reading Torah weekly, I have put myself on autopilot when I read the story of Ya’akov’s creative manipulation of sheep so he can get the best of Uncle Lavan. In truth, I’ve never really understood how he pulled it off. But after seeing this extraordinary story this week, it’s Continue Reading »

Shabbat Toldot 5777

  • Posted on December 4, 2016
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It’s a famous scene: One twin brother, Esav, has just come back from the hunt, and finds his former womb-mate, Ya’akov, cooking a pot of lentil stew. What happens next is going to cause reverberations between their descendants for years to come.   Esav paints himself into a corner of deep vulnerability: “Give me some Continue Reading »

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