Monthly Archives: October 2010

Chayeh Sarah – rattling the chain

I love trope midrash.  There’s a lot to explain in that sentence.  Midrash is commentary, interpretation, exploration of meaning.  “Trope” is the word used for the musical notation that appears in Torah text, telling the reader how to sing and … Continue reading

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I can see clearly now – Vayera

“All are blind until God brings light to their eyes” (Breshi tRabbah 53:19) This parasha is nothing if not eye-opening.  Literally. Almost everywhere throughout the parasha, someone is opening their eyes and seeing something.  On a cursory search, I found … Continue reading

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Get in touch with God, turn your radio on

It was so good to get back to our class this morning, and this time we actually made it past the first word, Vayikra.  And as is proper, we re-introduced ourselves to Rashi, to see what he had to say … Continue reading

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Abram’s nap

Sometimes all you need is a good nap.  Hidden in this week’s parasha, Lech L’cha, is an example of that.  Normally, when looking at Lech L’cha, we tend to focus on divine promises of land and lineage, a husband’s cruel … Continue reading

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Rituals – holy or wholly?

As often happens with our Kaftor v’Ferach group (that’s what we named ourselves….long story), we almost didn’t get further than the first word in the book…..Vayikra, being called.  And, as always happens, we generate more questions than answers!  One that … Continue reading

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Are you like Noah, the Silent?

One of my favorite musicals is a little-known show called, “Children of Eden”, by Stephen Schwartz.  It’s basically a Biblical midrash; the first act is all about the Garden of Eden, and the second act is all about Noah.  In … Continue reading

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A Noah Limerick..

By the wonderful Rabbi Joe Black: Noach Limerick: Whether by chance or design/ Noah, by God was assigned/ To save all creation/ Through utilization/ …Of his gopher wood custom cruise line.

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