Monthly archives for December, 2013

Mikeitz (At the end)

Mikeitz Genesis 41:1 to 44:17: Joseph successfully interprets dreams several times. He attributes his success to God. But is it the work of God or his skills of successful listening … then acting upon what he heard. ————— “At the end of two years time, Pharaoh had a dream: there he was, standing by the Nile, […]

Vayeishev (And he lived -or- And he s...

Joseph with coat of many colors

Vayeishev – Genesis 37:1 to 40:23: The saga of Joseph introduces us to the 1st Jew in Diaspora. His action provide many insights into creating a life outside of his native home. —————— “Jacob now settled in the land of his father’s sojourning, in the land of Canaan.” “This is the family history of Jacob, […]

Vayishlach (And he sent)

Vayishlach (And he sent)

Vayishlach –  32:4 to 36:43: Joseph fears his meeting with Esau. He makes many decisions that reveal his true character and feelings about his brother and family. ———————– Great men are defined by the choices they make in time of crisis…. In this week’s parsha Jacob is forced into making life shaping decision after decision. […]

Vayeitzei (And he left)

Vayeitzei (And he left)

Vayeitzei – Genesis 28:10 to 32:3-  The story of Jacob is filled with trickery, deceit, and dishonesty between Jacob and Esau … Then Jacob and Laben. In the stories we also see effective ways to handle this dishonesty.————- “And Jacob left Beersheba and set out for Haran. Coming upon a [certain] place, he passed the […]

Tol’dot (Ancestral Line)

Tol’dot (Ancestral Line)

Tol’dot-Genesis 25:10-28:9: In a short 35 verses we are told the life of Isaac. The fact that it closely parallels Abraham’s life, hints that he is following the same traditions and continuing his beliefs into a 2nd generation.——————– The parsha begins “This is the line of Isaac son of Abraham. Abraham begot Isaac. Isaac was […]

Chayei Sarah (Life of Sarah)

Chayei Sarah (Life of Sarah)

Chayei Sarah – Genesis 23:1 to 25:18: The title of this reading is “Life of Sarah,” but her death is noted in the first line. Why does the title indicate she lives? And why is most of the text about Abraham, Isaac, and Isaac’s future wife, Rebekah? —————— “Sarah lived to be 127 years old – […]

Vayeira (And He appeared)

Vayeira (And He appeared)

Vayeira – Genesis 18:1 to 22:24: God appears before Abraham and Hagar as angels five times in this reading …. Do angels still appear today? ——————-   The parsha begins as Abraham is resting after his circumcision. He was probably in discomfort from this procedure as this week’s text begins …. “The Eternal appeared to […]

Lech L’cha (Go to You -or- Go f...

Lech L’cha (Go to You -or- Go for You)

Lech L’cha – Genesis 12:1 to 17:17: Abraham responds to a calling of God to “Go forth from his land” to a place that God will show him. What did Abraham hear? and where was he actually going? —————— “The Eternal One said to Abram, ‘Go forth from your land, your birthplace, your father’s house, […]

Noach (Noah)

Noach (Noah)

Noach – Genesis 6:9 to 11:32 – In the Torah Noah is called a “righteous man in his generation.” How does he compare to his contemporaries and to the Torah’s other righteous men – Abraham and Moses? ———— “This is Noah’s chronicle. Noah was a righteous man; in his generation, he was above reproach. Noah […]

B’reishit (“In the beginn...

B’reishit (“In the beginning”)

  B’reishit – Genesis 1:1 to 6:8 – On the sixth day God creates man and women “in our image, after our likeness.” What is meant by “in our image.” Is mankind like God? If so what are the similarities?   ———-  And now we start all over again…. “When God was about to create heaven […]

V’ot Hab’rachah – D...

V’ot Hab’rachah – Deuteronomy 33:1 to 34:12

Translation of Portion Title “V’zot Hab’rachah” – “And this is the blessing” ————— The first killing occurs in B’reishit when Cain kills his brother. Why? and who is responsible? These are questions that arise in Torah’s first portion. Here are some possible answers. —————- Actually, this is not this week’s portion. This Saturday’s portion is […]

Same-Sex Marriage – A Jewish Vi...

Same-Sex Marriage – A Jewish View

Recently Illinois became the sixteenth state to ratify same-sex marriage. That leaves about 2/3 of the states still to approve this concept. Anyone who watches televised newscasts realizes that the issue of civil unions and same-sex marriage is still very controversial. The institution of marriage can be seen to have two defining forces: First, the […]

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