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Torah Thoughts – Vayishlach

This week’s Torah portion, Vayishlach, Genesis 32:4 – 36:43 continues with Jacob making his trek homeward. However, instead of rejoicing in the soon to be family reunion, this week’s reading begins with Jacob making plans to survive his imminent encounter with … Continue reading

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Torah Thoughts – Vayetze

I guess he’s makin’ the best of a bad situation,Don’t wanta make waves, can’t you see.He’s just makin’ the best of a bad situation,Reckon I’d do the same if it was me. This chorus, from Making the Best of a Bad … Continue reading

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Torah Thoughts – Toldot

This week in Parashat Toldot, meaning generations or history, we once again have a tale of two brothers, an elder and younger. It is almost as if HaShem was setting forth the pattern for the making of Hollywood sequels. First, Cain … Continue reading

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Torah Thoughts – Chayei Sarah

The law of first mention may be said to be the principle that requires one to go to that portion of the Scriptures where a doctrine is mentioned for the first time and to study the first occurrence of the … Continue reading

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Torah Thoughts – Lech Lecha

Genesis 12:1 & 4 – HaShem told Abram to go forth and he did so … almost. The command was “… from your na­tive land and from your father’s house to the land that I will show you.” While Abram … Continue reading

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Torah Thoughts – Noach

In a blog article entitled Are Some People Better Than Others, Laura Maguire observed,  When Thomas Jefferson said, “All men are created equal,” he didn’t mean that we’re all born with the same virtues or talents in life. He was not denying … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Shabbat for Chol Ha’moed Sukkot

The Shabbat during Chol Ha’moed Sukkot has a special Torah reading, Exodus 33:12 – 34:26. In it we read of Moshe’s encounter with Hashem after the incident with the molten calf. Hashem affirms that He will continue to go with … Continue reading

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