Friday, August 1, 2014 Av 5, 5774
TOLEDOT, Genesis 25:19-28:9
By:
Rabbi Howard A. Addison
An old adage states: Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it. The story most associated with this dictum is, of course, that of King Midas and the Golden Touch. Being granted his heart's desire, Midas experiences the shadow of his request when his food turns into metal and his daughter into a gleaming statue. What had...
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VAYETZEI, Genesis 28:10-32:2
By:
Rabbi Danielle Stillman
Angels are popular, their winged images appearing in art, literature and pop culture. They are other-worldly beings from the heavenly realm, yet we imagine them coming down to earth and interacting with humans. They are one way that the transcendent divine is made immanent, or brought closer to home, in our everyday lives. The portion Vayetzei opens and closes with...
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Chayei Sarah, Genesis 23:1-25:18
By:
Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell
"Sarah lived to be 127 years old -- such was the span of Sarah's life. Sarah died ... " There is no record of her aging, her decline or her final illness. We simply read that "Sarah died." Throughout the centuries, scholars have speculated that Sarah's demise was a response to the trauma of Abraham's attempted sacrifice of their son,...
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VAYEIRA, Genesis 18:1-22:24
By:
Rabbi Joshua Runyan
This week, we read of the Binding of Isaac, one of the most difficult narratives to square with what we rightly regard as a religion of peace whose primary goal is to perfect the world. Rabbinic sources identify the attempted sacrifice of Abraham's heir as the patriarch's 10th and final test inflicted by the Almighty. Ever since uprooting himself and...
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LECH-LECHA, Genesis 12:1-17:27
By:
Rabbi Danielle Stillman
Who out there is just a little bit relieved that the holidays are over? Of course, they were wonderful, but finally, we can say goodbye to all those relatives, our children can start their fall routine at school, and we can get something done at work. The Torah portions reflect this new rhythm as we settle into the narrative of...
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