Sunday, January 25, 2015 Shevat 5, 5775
Vayetzei, Genesis 28:10-32:3 At the start of this week's portion, we find Jacob fleeing from his brother Esau, who intends to murder him. On his journey, he rests for the night and has an amazing dream of angels ascending and descending a ladder to heaven. At the top of the ladder is God, who gives Jacob a reassuring message about...
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TOLDOT, Genesis 25:19-28:9 It's tough being a parent today. Andy Reid, head coach of the Eagles, knows that well; after all, he manages strong men on the gridiron, but apparently seems to have much more difficulty managing men in his own home. Yet I empathize with his situation. The enemies that stalk our children are omnipresent and formidable. Parents today...
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Chayei Sarah, Genesis 23:1-25:18 The old joke about Jewish holidays and rituals is that all of them conform to the same narrative: They tried to kill us. We survived (and even flourished). Now, let's eat! And when you think of the stories and the celebrations of Passover, Chanukah and Purim -- just to name a few of the prominent features...
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Rabbi David Gutterman, JE Feature
VAYERA, Genesis 18:1-22:24 Vayera contains one of the most famous stories in the Torah: the binding of Isaac. We read that story -- contained in this week's portion -- every Rosh Hashanah, and each year, we struggle with its content. We ask questions like, "If God asked me, what would I do?" We wonder, "How could any parent think of...
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Zach Pontz, JE Feature
The building at 40th and Spruce streets, an unassuming four-story twin that now bears a fading coat of paint, will soon be transformed into a state-of-the-art facility -- an expansion of the former Lubavitch House -- to better meet the needs of Jewish students on the University of Pennsylvania campus. That was the message delivered Sunday by various speakers during...
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