Monthly Archives: November 2018

Thoughts on Vayeshev

This week’s parasha is Vayeshev, (Jacob dwelled in the land of his fathers), Genesis 37:1- 40:23.[i] The Haftarah is found in Amos 2:6 – 3:8 and the reading from the Apostolic Writings is John4:43–54. The last couple of weeks we … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Vayishlach

This week’s Torah portion, Vayishlach, is Genesis 32:4 (:3 in most English bibles) through 36:43. As is the normal pattern, the title וַיִּשְׁלַ֨ח, is the first word of the passage, “and he [Jacob] sent…” speaking of the messengers that Jacob sent … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Vayetzei

This week’s parasha is Vayetzei, Genesis 28:10 – 32:3.[i]The Haftarah, according to Sephardic tradition, is Hosea 11:7 – 12:14 and the reading from the Apostolic Writings is John 4:5-30. This week we read the well-known narrative of Jacob’s twenty-year separation … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Toldot

This week’s Parasha is Toldot, Genesis 25:19 – 28:9.[i] The Haftarah is Malachi 1:1 – 2:7. The reading from the Apostolic Writings according to the Chayyei Yeshua cycle[ii] is John 3:1-21. Dena Weiss of Mechon Hadar in New York begins … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Chayei Sarah

This week’s parasha is Chayei Sarah, Genesis 23:1 – 25:18.[i]The haftarah is 1 Kings 1:1-31 and the reading from the Apostolic Writings is John 2:13-25. This parsha begins and ends with death, the death of Sarah, the death of Abraham … Continue reading

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