Wednesday, February 10, 2016 AdarI 1, 5776
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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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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