Wednesday, April 23, 2014 Nisan 23, 5774
Torah Portion
By:
Rabbi David Gutterman, JE Feature
VAYESHEV, Genesis 37:1-40:23 I wish I could begin by quoting Rambam or Rabbi Soloveitchick - though separated by seven centuries, they remain two of our pre-eminent relationship experts. That is to say, they teach Jews how to relate to sacred texts and to the challenges of living Jewishly even today. But allow me to quote a different relationship expert, "Hitch"...
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Torah Portion
By:
Rabbi Jill L. Maderer
Vayishlach, Genesis 32:4-36:43 The tagline for the 1991 film "He Said, She Said," reads: "The story of true love. Both versions." In this romantic comedy, two characters named Dan and Lorie are journalists working in the same office. Deciding that their frequent opposing views on issues could make for provocative television, a producer gives them their own program called "He...
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Torah Portion
By:
Rabbi David Gutterman
VAYETZE, Genesis 28:1-32:3 As Jonathan Swift wrote, "We have taught enough religion to hate each other but not enough to love each other." The world today is consumed by strife, a lot of it religiously induced. If religion, as the argument goes, exacerbates the problem, might it also be able to ameliorate it? Remember the Esperanto movement? It called for...
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Torah Portion
By:
Rabbi Robert Rubin
TOLEDOT Genesis 25:19-28:9 In the beginning of this week's Torah portion, Toledot, the Torah describes the concern that Isaac and Rebecca share over the future of their family and, ultimately, the longevity of the Jewish people. The couple didn't yet have children, and so wondered how the covenant would continue into another generation. They each prayed to God. And as...
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Torah Portion
By:
David Rabbi Straus
CHAYE SARAH, Genesis 23:1-25:18 The Torah portion this week, Chaye Sarah, which literally means "the lives of Sarah," opens by telling us of her death. In the opening verses, we read of Abraham mourning the death of his spouse and lifemate, and then preparing for her burial. Describing himself as a resident alien in the land of Canaan, he purchases...
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