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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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Thoughts on Vayeira

Torah reading for this Shabbat is Vayeira, Genesis 18:1 – 22:24.[i] The haftarah is found in Second Kings 4:1-37 and the reading from the Apostolic Writings is John 2:1–12. This week’s Thoughts could well be retitled, A Tale of Three … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Lech Lecha

The Torah portion for this week is Lech Lecha, Genesis 12:1-17:27.[i] The haftarah is from Isaiah 40:27-41:16, and the reading from the Apostolic Writings is from John 1:35-51. I find the beginning of this week’s haftarah very interesting. If we … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Noach

This week’s portion is Parasha Noach, Genesis 6:9-11:32. The Haftarah is Isaiah 54:1-55:5 and the reading from the Apostolic Writings is from John 1:19-34. The study below was prepared for the UMJC Weekly online study. Is the God of the … Continue reading

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Thoughts on B’reshit

This Shabbat the yearly reading cycle begins again with Parashat B’reshit, Genesis 1:1-6:8.[i] In this parasha we read the general creation account (chapter 1), the specific creation account of humankind (chapter 2), the apparent fall of humankind (chapter 3), the … Continue reading

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