Sunday, September 21, 2014 Elul 26, 5774
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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Torah Portion
By:
Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell
VAYERA, Genesis 18:1-22:24 While the month of Cheshvan has no holidays, it is rich with stories. Each year, after the intensity of the feasts and fasts of Tishrei, we may think that we've earned a break from synagogue. But then we begin again, reading stories of our ancestors that wrap themselves around our hearts and help us learn how to...
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VAYERA, Genesis 18:1-22:24
By:
Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell
While the month of Cheshvan has no holidays, it is rich with stories. Each year, after the intensity of the feasts and fasts of Tishrei, we may think that we've earned a break from synagogue. But then we begin again, reading stories of our ancestors that wrap themselves around our hearts and help us learn how to live in our...
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Torah Portion
By:
Rabbi Shawn Zevit
Lech Lecha, Genesis 12:1-17:27 "God said to Abram, Lech lecha ("Get yourself up and go") from your native land and from your father's house to the land that I will show you … and you will be a blessing … ." The particular challenges and opportunities facing Jewish men today resonate with the most ancient of Jewish callings, but the...
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