Category Archives: Shabbat musings

What’s new this week in the weekly parasha? What does it have to say to me? How does it relate to my life? Hmmm.

Vay’chi: A time of oaths

“Place your hand under my thigh and swear to me”  (Genesis 47:29) This language reminds us immediately of  another scene in Genesis, when Abraham made his servant Eliezer swear an oath to him in the same manner. That time is … Continue reading

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Vayigash: Neck and neck

Does reconciling always mean total forgiveness? Can we reconcile with someone whom we don’t fully forgive? There are several instances of reconciliation in Bereshit, Genesis. One was when Jacob and Esau reconciled in Chapter 33:4  “And Esau ran toward him … Continue reading

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Vayishlach: Apologize and reconcile

I know I should be writing about Dinah and the was she was attacked in this week’s parashah. In this extremely long parasha, Vayishlach, all of chapter 34 is devoted to her story. Dinah was Jacob’s daughter through Leah, the … Continue reading

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Vayetzei: Thankfulness in the place

This week’s parasha, Vayetzei, doesn’t always coincide with Thanksgiving, but it does this year. There is much to find in the text that applies to being grateful. The dramatic moments of this parasha revolve around the 12 children born to … Continue reading

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Toldot: The story hasn’t changed

Last year, I wrote this commentary on Toldot. A year later, the narrative is even more disturbing, I think. We have “leadership” that is still driving a wedge between people, demonizing the “Other”, and digging our entire country further into … Continue reading

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Chayeh Sarah: Matchmaker, matchmaker

There’s a site called JMoms. It’s not a dating site for single Jewish people. It’s a site for the mothers of Jewish singles to make matches for their kids. Jewish moms from all over the world look at other moms’ … Continue reading

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Vayera:Abimelech and Harvey Weinstein?

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Once again, Abraham comes into another king’s territory and passes his wife Sarah off as his sister, and once again, the king takes Sarah into his court, and … Continue reading

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