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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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Lech L’cha: #MeToo

Lech l’cha. This parasha has so much in it, it’s hard to pick a focus. But, thanks to my sister, Rabbi Jan Salzman, in Burlington VT, she has made it easier. Rabbi Jan leads “Ruach HaMaqom”, a wonderful, warm and … Continue reading

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Vayetzei: Fiddler and Fair Labor

PERCHIK: Now children, I will tell you the story from the Bible of Laban and Jacob…Now, Laban had two daughters, Leah, and the beautiful Rachel.  And Jacob loved the younger Rachel, and he asked Laban for her hand. Laban agreed, … Continue reading

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Toldot: No more

  (Image credit to Sharon Rosenzweig, artist extraordinaire) Some say the most difficult passage in the Torah narrative is the binding of Isaac, when God asks Abraham to kill his own son as a sacrifice to God, to prove his … Continue reading

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Chayeh Sarah: Holy Space

Sarah died.  In the entire history of the Jewish people to this point, this is the first time we read about someone dying and being buried.  Abel died back in Eden, but we know nothing about where he was buried.  … Continue reading

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