Tag Archives: Genesis

Vayechi: How it’s done

“Sometime afterward, Joseph was told, ‘Your father is ill.’ So he took with him his two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim” (Gen 47:1) No one wants to get that call. “Your parent/sibling/child/friend is ill and dying. Get here now.” No matter … Continue reading

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Vayeshev: True sight

“I can see clearly now, the rain has gone. “ This week’s Torah portion is Vayeshev, and “sight” words are all over the place. These are words that relate to seeing, vision, and the opposite – when people can’t see … Continue reading

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Toldot: Enough deceit

There is a tremendous amount of deceit in this week’s parasha, Toldot. The familiar story is that Esau’s birthright is taken out from under him by his brother Jacob, when Esau was most vulnerable, hungry, exhausted.  Then, when their father … Continue reading

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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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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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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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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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