Monday, September 22, 2014 Elul 27, 5774
TOLEDOT, Genesis 25:19-28:9
By:
Rabbi Joshua Runyan
Depending on how you look at it, Isaac, of all the Patriarchs, was the greatest. At age 37, says the Talmud, he allowed himself to be offered as a sacrifice by his father Abraham. And as attested to by this week’s portion, he spent most of his “career” re-establishing the wells his father had dug, cementing Abraham’s legacy in the...
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CHAYEI SARAH, Genesis 23:1-25:18
By:
Rabbi Danielle Stillman
As I have been thinking about this Torah portion, Hurricane Sandy has come through Philadelphia, leaving us safe, but still without power in my house and many others. Last night, my family prepared for bed by candlelight, and we all snuggled to sleep in one room to be closer together as the winds whipped through our trees and around our...
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VAYERA, Genesis 18:1-22:24
By:
Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb
He was an old man, frail, tired, and bereaved. News of Hitler's advancing army preoccupied him, and he was overwhelmed, if not broken, by the requests for advice he was receiving from hundreds of troubled Jews. Indeed, he may have already sensed that he had only months to live. His name was Rabbi Chaim Ozer Grodzenski, and he was universally...
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LECH LECHA, Genesis 12:1-17:27
By:
Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell
This portion begins with a command: Lech Lecha, go forth. Twenty-seven years ago, a Jew who had been denied the opportunity to celebrate becoming a Jewish adult heard these words speaking to her. Savina Teubal approached her rabbi, and together they planned a celebration that changed not only Savina’s life, but opened a path of Torah and Jewish connection for...
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NOACH, Genesis 6:9-11:32
By:
Rabbi Joshua Runyan
Imagine the late Sen. Lloyd Bentsen facing off against Noah in the 1988 vice presidential debate. Noah might make a remark about the great patriarch Abraham, leaving Bentsen to rebut. Imagined another way, Bentsen would probably tell the central character of the biblical flood: “You are no Abraham.” And according to the sages of the Talmud, the senator would be...
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