Wednesday, October 1, 2014 Tishri 7, 5775
VAYESHEV, Genesis 37:1-40:23
By:
Rabbi Danielle Stillman
The natural world at this time of year grows dark, cold and bare. Some find this to be a time for reflection, while others feel weighed down by the increasing darkness. These dueling impulses are played out in the themes of the Joseph cycle, which begins in this week's portion, Vayeshev. The tension between dark and light is enacted at...
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Vayishlach, Genesis 37:1-40:23
By:
Rabbi Eliott N. Perilstein
An alternate title to the Torah portion last week might be this: "See Jacob Run." After what must have been a complicated upbringing that resulted in his deceiving his brother, Esau, and father, Isaac, Jacob runs away from home. His mother, Rebecca, advises him to get out of town to escape Esau's wrath -- and Jacob does, as fast as...
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TOLEDOT, 25:10-28:9
By:
Rabbi Joshua Runyan
It's never easy being someone you're not. But is it evil? Beginning with the forced sale of Esau's birthright to Jacob, progressing through Jacob's stealing of Esau's blessing, and ending with Esau's marriage to one of Ishmael's descendants, this week's Torah portion is a study in deception. Even a cursory reading would indicate that half-truths may be justified in some...
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Hayei Sarah, Genesis 23:1-25:18
By:
Rabbi Danielle Stillman
One of Webster's definitions of grace is "unmerited divine assistance given man for his regeneration." We often think of grace as a Christian concept, but Judaism also has a concept of undeserved lovingkindness from God. This is the Hebrew concept of hesed.
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Vayera, Genesis 18:1-22:24
By:
Rabbi Adam Zeff
This week's Torah portion is filled with interactions between angels and human beings.
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