Saturday, October 25, 2014 Heshvan 1, 5775
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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LECH LECHA, Genesis 12:1-17:27
By:
Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell
The Torah portion that Jews across the world read this week is one of the oldest narrative formulations of beginning a significant journey. "And God said to Avram, 'Go forth from your land, your birthplace, your father's house, to the land that I will show you ... and I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless...
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NOAH, Genesis 6:9-11:32
By:
Rabbi Joshua Runyan
The party's over. Fresh from a seemingly endless array of holidays, beginning with Rosh Hashanah and concluding with Simchat Torah, we find ourselves back at work. Sustained by the spiritual heights reached during intense prayers and joyous celebrations, we must now encounter the physical realm, much like farmers who plant anew after enjoying the bounties of a harvest.
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