Monday, August 3, 2015 Av 18, 5775
Vayeshev, Genesis 37:1-40:23
By:
Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell
Vayeshev is a portion of dreams. As it opens, we meet Joseph, and learn that his father loved him "better than his other sons," and this favoritism engenders deep jealousy. Like his father, Jacob, Joseph is a dreamer, and he is cursed and blessed with the ability to interpret dreams. After he shares his dreams, his angry brothers throw him...
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VAYISHLACH, Genesis 32:4-36:43
By:
Rabbi Joshua Runyan
Rabbi Joshua Runyan "Diplomacy," Henry Kissinger once said, "is the art of restraining power." No one lived that maxim more than Jacob, whom we see at the beginning of this week's Torah portion girding himself for war with his twin brother, Esau. Jacob's first move, before he strategically splits his camps and sends a peace offering, is to send messengers...
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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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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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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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