Author Archives: Aleinu

Thoughts on Miketz

Parashat Miketz, Genesis 41.1 – 44.17,[i] is part two of the three-part narrative of Joseph’s life. There have been six dreams so far – two Hashem sent to Joseph when he was but a teen, with no immediate fulfilment. Then … Continue reading

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Chanukah – 5778

  The celebration of Chanukah has begun throughout the Jewish world. Last night Vered and I were entertained by a parade sponsored by the local Community Center that included bright lights, Chanukah songs and a multitude of children in tow … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Vayeishev

This week’s parasha, Vayeishev, Genesis 37.1 – 40.23,[i] begins a narrative that will span the next three weeks, as we watch Jacob returning home, hoping to find rest as he “dwelled in the land where his father had sojourned” (37.1). … Continue reading

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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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