Tag Archives: Shemot

Mishpatim: Dad’s favorite phrase

One of my father’s favorite phrases was “It depends on whose ox is being gored.”  He said it whenever we were “discussing” a topic.    It was his way of making us consider the issue from someone else’s perspective.  Ever the … Continue reading

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Beshallach: Sea of Endings

There was no turning back.  The people had crossed the Sea, the Egyptians were drowned.  The old life was over, and there was nothing but the future ahead, through the undifferentiated wilderness.  Well, there’s a happy thought. It must have … Continue reading

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Shemot: Take notice

Bereshit is done.  The journey begins with Shemot, the book of Shemot and the Torah portion of the same name.  Bereshit was about tribes and families, a personal attachment to God.  Shemot moves us into a national identity, eventually moving … Continue reading

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Vayak’hel/Pikudei: Kindling a different kind of fire

Positive vs negative. We need both, according to the markings on my batteries, but in general, we tend to agree that the positive is more…well, positive. “A pat on the back is only a few vertebrae removed from a kick … Continue reading

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Ki Tissa: Rebuilding the trust

Last Sunday, while others were listening to the Megillah for Purim, (or recovering from hearing it the night before!) I was spending some hours with the lovely, thoughtful and spiritual folks of St Giles Episcopal church, under the wise and … Continue reading

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Tetzaveh: The colors of the world

Sometimes you can hold the whole world in one piece of cloth. Like when it’s your wedding veil.  Or your baby’s blanket.   Or a departed beloved’s shirt.  Or  your great-grandmother’s challah cover.  The whole world, for just a moment, is … Continue reading

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Terumah: Ark-itechture

Talk about extremes.  A couple of weeks ago, we were having an out-of-communal-body experience, watching thunder and hearing lightning (things were a little unusual that day), experiencing the ultimate God moment: Revelation at Sinai. This week? We’re in  T’rumah, aka … Continue reading

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