Friday, December 26, 2014 Tevet 4, 5775
VAYESHEV, Genesis 37:1-40:23
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Rabbi David Gutterman
Do you recall Golda Meir's famous quip: "Why did God bring us to the only place in the Middle East without oil?" Let's think about that for a moment, and then think Chanukah. Because no other holiday is as dominated by this oil-slick motif as is the Festival of Lights. The menorah is optimally lit with oil per the Talmud's...
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VAYETZE, Genesis 28:10-32:3
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Rabbi David Gutterman, Jewish Exponent Feature
This week, we encounter a word for the first time in our biblical tradition -- the word is chalom, which means "dream" in Hebrew. After a difficult interaction with his brother -- and at the insistence of his mother and ultimately the urging of his father -- Jacob high tails it for his uncle's house. But on his way to...
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By:
Rabbi Lance J. Sussman
TOLEDOT, Genesis 25:19-28:9 Remember the movie "Avalon," about a large Jewish family in Baltimore in the retail business? Their celebration of Thanksgiving was a key part of the plot, with all the different people and story lines coming together at the holiday dinner table. By the end of the film, the conflicts within the family could no longer be contained...
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By:
Rabbi Alan Iser
CHAYEI SARA, Genesis 24:1-25:18 In this week's Torah portion, we read: "Abraham was now old, advanced in years, and the Lord blessed Abraham in all things." What does it mean to be truly blessed, to feel that God has granted us all we could possibly want in life? There are probably as many answers to this as there are different...
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By:
Rabbi David Gutterman
VAYERA, Genesis 18:1-22:24 Question: What is a Jew? Answer: Someone with a lot of chutzpah. What is chutzpah? I'm tempted to answer: How dare you ask? Webster's Dictionary defines the word as insolence, others as impudence, still others as bravado. Sigmund Freud didn't actually define it, but he did allude to it by recording his "favorite Jewish joke" in one...
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