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Tol’dot (Records)

Second Generation
Genesis 25:19 to 28:9   Isaac and Rebekah represent the Second Generation. Many commentators feel Isaac is only a link between Abraham and Jacob. However, given that Isaac and his wife keep the faith alive to pass on to the next generation, they both are important. Following are the opening words of this parsha: “This is the line of Isa [...]

Chayei Sarah – Torah in Haiku

Cave of Machpelah
    ​ Isaac’s mother dies … Isaac’s dad finds him a wife … Isaac is consoled — Isaac’s father dies … Isaac’s brother mourns with him … Isaac, blessed by God — Genesis 24:67 Isaac brought [Rebekah] to his mother Sarah’s tent … and Isaac was comforted after his m [...]

Chayei Sarah (Life of Sarah)

Cave of Machbpelah
Genesis 23:1 to 25:18 Even though the first words of this week’s text tell of Sarah’s death, the entire portion tells how the actions of Abraham continue the lifelong work of his wife, Sarah. “Sarah lived to be one hundred years and twenty years and seven years. Sarah died in Kiriatharba (that is Hebron) in the land of Canaan, and Abraham pro [...]

Vayeira – Torah In Haiku

Hineini - I am here
    G-d says: Abraham … Abraham says: Hineini … I’m here, I’m ready — Isaac says: Father … Abraham says: Hineini … I’m here, I’m ready — Angel: Abraham … Abraham says: Hineini … I’m here, I’m ready — When G-d commands Abraham to sacrifice his son (Genesis 22:1), when Isaac calls his father to ask about the missing sacrifice (Genesis 22:7 [...]

Vayeira (And He -the Eternal appeared...

Binding of Isaac
Genesis 18:1 to 22:24 Although Torah doesn’t tell us much about Abraham’s early life, we learn much about his later life and total devotion to God. How would this characteristic be regarded in today’s world? The parsha Vayeira tells us a great deal about Abraham and his relationship to God, his family, and those around him. Birth of his son, [...]

Lech L’cha – Torah In Hai...

Lech L'cha
Uncle and nephew … Avram, his brother’s son Lot … Go their separate ways —   Lot chooses poorly … Leaves Canaan to his uncle … Settles in Sodom —   There is some Divine foreshadowing in this week’s parsha. To avoid conflict over limited resources, Avram suggests to Lot they continue their trav [...]

Lech L’cha (Go for yourself)

footprints / follow me
Genesis (12:1 to 17:27) Ten generations after Noah, God examines creation and, again, desires to create a better world. This time the Eternal’s plan involves selection of a single family and its descendants to act as a “light to the nations” showing the way toward tikkun olam – a world repaired. “The Eternal One said to Abram, “Go forth from [...]

Noach – Torah in Haiku

Noahs Ark on Ararat-rev.
The waters subside … But Noach won’t leave the ark … Until G-d says “Go” — A plain reading of the text suggests even after Noach knew the flood waters had subsided and the ground was dry, he remained in the ark and did not leave until commanded by G-d.From Genesis 8:11-16 And the dove came in to him [...]

Noah (A righteous man)

Noah's Ark
Genesis 6:9 to 11:12 Noah shines as a character of “good” in a corrupt world. However, Torah shows Noah’s faults. How should we view this flawed character? “Noah was a righteous man, in his generation he was above reproach; Noah walked with God.” (Gen. 6:9) These words are our introduction to the man that God saved as the world was destroyed. [...]

B’reishit – Torah In Haik...

Let there be light
G-d speaks, things happen … Light and dark, heaven and earth,     The seas and dry land —   The sun and the moon … Creatures of the air, sea, land … Then man and woman —   Finally, Shabbat …  A day set aside for rest … Sanctified by G-d — Genesis 1:3 G-d said. “Let there be lightR [...]

B’reishit (At the start)

Adam and Eve Lucas_Cranach_the1_Elder-_4
Genesis 1:1 to 6:8 While progressive scholars believe that the events of Creation and the Garden of Eden as outlined in Torah never occurred, the factors that are behind the story have shaped and influenced history through the ages. And now we start all over again ….   B’reishit  – At the beginning …. As many progressive sch [...]

Chol HaMo-eid (Portion for Sukkot)

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Exodus 33:12 to 34:26 - Torah Portion for the Intermediate Shabbat during Sukkot This special Torah reading for Sukkot provides the most complete description of God found in the Torah. During Sukkot, as with other major holidays, we have a special Torah reading. Each of the days of Sukkot has its own reading that deals with different aspects [...]

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