Monthly Archives: November 2017

Thoughts on Vayishlach

In this week’s parasha, the wanderer, the one who seemingly ran away from home, returns to his land and his father’s presence – and even more to his brother’s presence. But the title of this parasha is not “and he … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Vayeitzei

This week’s parasha, Vayeitzei, Genesis 28.10 – 32.3,[i] covers the time from Jacob’s angelic dream and traveling to Paddan-aram to Uncle Laban’s household to find a wife, to his extended sojourn with Laban. For just a moment, however, I would … Continue reading

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Weekly Thoughts – Toldot

This week’s parasha, Toldot, or “Generations”, Genesis 25:19–28:9,[i] begins with the birth of Jacob, Bnei Yisrael’s immediate patriarch. As with life in Israel, even to this day, nothing is ever easy. From the onset, Jacob was struggling with Esau, so … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Chayei Sarah

This week’s parasha is Chayei Sarah, Genesis 23.1 – 25.18,[i] which deals with the death of Sarah, and the death of Abraham as well. It was after the death of Sarah that Abraham sent his servant back to his father’s … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Vayeira

This week’s parasha, Vayeira, Genesis 18:1 – 22:24,[i] ends with one of the most confusing narratives of the Tanakh, and at the same time, continues to give us insights into the intense faith of our first patriarch. The parasha begins … Continue reading

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