Tag Archives: Bereshit

Vayera: I see you

This week has been particularly difficult, and I am buoyed by the care and consideration, support of all kinds that I’ve received. I also received the d’var Torah from my sister, Rabbi Jan Salzman, of Ruach HaMaqom of Burlington VT. … Continue reading

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Lech l’cha: If/Then

“God said to Abram, ‘Go forth from your native land and from your father’s house to the land that I will show you. I will make of you a great nation. And I will bless you; I will make your … Continue reading

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Noah: Building a relationship, not just an ark

Relationships are hard at the beginning. Getting to know each other, finding out each other’s faults and strengths. Yes indeed, relationships are hard in the beginning, like the one between humanity and God. The story of Noah is at one … Continue reading

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Bereshit: To start with….

It’s been an odd holiday season, I think. For a time that is supposed to be quite self-reflective, focusing on ourselves, our lives, our intentions for the coming year, our actions from the past year, a lot of us have … 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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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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