Monthly Archives: December 2016

Thoughts on Mikeitz & Chanukah

This week’s Parsha is Mikeitz, Genesis 41:1-44:17. It continues the account of Joseph’s sojourn in Egypt that the LORD will use to ensure the continuance of the Abraham’s lineage through Jacob and his twelve sons, though for most of this … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Chanukah ~ 5777

As the Festival of Chanukah begins this evening, here are a few things to think about. First let’s look at 1 Maccabees 4.36-59, the earliest source that recounts the actions that occurred after the Greco-Syrians had been finally dealt with … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Vayeshev

This week’s parsha is Vayeshev is Genesis 37.1 – 40.23.[i] While there are many things that could be spoken about, I have been specifically drawn to the first verses of the parsha, Genesis 37.1-11. Incidentally, this is the section read … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Vayishlach

This week’s Parsha, Vayishlach, Genesis 32.4 – 36.43[i] continues the narrative of Jacob’s life, travels and trials, which includes struggling with his fears of returning home and meeting with his brother Esau, followed by the rape of his and Leah’s … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Vayeitzei

This week’s Parsha is Vayeitzei (and he left) is found in Genesis 28.10 – 32.3.[i] The narrative that began with the Abrahamic blessing in Parsha Lech Lecha (Genesis 12.1-3) continues with Abraham’s grandson Jacob (Genesis 28.13-14). But the LORD adds … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Toldot

This week’s Parsha is Toldot, Genesis 25.19 – 28.9.[i] It continues the narrative of the people whom ADONAI choose to call out from Mesopotamia and idolatry, and to set apart for Himself as His am segula a “treasured people” (Deuteronomy … Continue reading

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