Monthly Archives: December 2012

Vayechi: I love you, but you’re not perfect

There were probably a lot of familiar faces around our tables over these last few weeks.  Families gathered for celebration, parents, grandparents, children…all the family, and all the family dynamics and expectations.  We read of a family gathered around in … Continue reading

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Vayigash: Be like Judah

Family reunions can be tough, especially when there are members of the family who haven’t spoken in years.  Will the meeting be confrontational?  How will the family move forward after years of estrangement? Will forgiveness be offered on all sides? … Continue reading

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Newtown Connecticut

I have held a gun twice in my life. The first time was when I was a sixteen year old visitor to Israel.  We spent a week on an army base, and although it was against the rules, I posed … Continue reading

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Chanukah – 8th candle

Years ago I found an article in the Chicago Jewish News that laid out eight gifts for Chanukah, none of which cost a thing.  I don’t know the author;  I wish I did.  But for at least a decade, our … Continue reading

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Chanukah – 7th candle

Years ago I found an article in the Chicago Jewish News that laid out eight gifts for Chanukah, none of which cost a thing.  I don’t know the author;  I wish I did.  But for at least a decade, our … Continue reading

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Chanukah – 6th candle

Years ago I found an article in the Chicago Jewish News that laid out eight gifts for Chanukah, none of which cost a thing.  I don’t know the author;  I wish I did.  But for at least a decade, our … Continue reading

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Chanukah – 5th candle

Years ago I found an article in the Chicago Jewish News that laid out eight gifts for Chanukah, none of which cost a thing.  I don’t know the author;  I wish I did.  But for at least a decade, our … Continue reading

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Miketz: what a name invokes

This is a really long parasha.  A lot happens in the hundred-plus verses that covers Joseph’s interpretation of Pharaoh’s dreams all the way through the visits from Jospeh’s brothers twice, and the emotional moment when Joseph reveals his identity to … Continue reading

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Chanukah – 4th candle

Years ago I found an article in the Chicago Jewish News that laid out eight gifts for Chanukah, none of which cost a thing.  I don’t know the author;  I wish I did.  But for at least a decade, our … Continue reading

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Chanukah – 3rd candle

Years ago I found an article in the Chicago Jewish News that laid out eight gifts for Chanukah, none of which cost a thing.  I don’t know the author;  I wish I did.  But for at least a decade, our … Continue reading

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