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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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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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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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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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Vayichi: Ashes into hope

I went to see the new Star Wars movie last Saturday night (loved it!) but the coming attractions made me really sad. Not only because there were so many….there were SO many!….but that out of the 7 trailers shown, all … Continue reading

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Vayetzei: A better emoji

Sometimes people just don’t get it. Consider Rachel and Jacob in this week’s parasha, Vayetzei.  Jacob has married both Leah (unintentionally) and her sister Rachel, the one he wanted to marry in the first place.  Jacob, we know, loves Rachel, … Continue reading

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Vayikra: Cows, sheep, goats and God

Vayikra – And God called. And so begins a lot of instructions about killing and offering up a lot of animals for all sorts of reasons, all with the purpose of getting closer to God (“korbanot”, the word for offering, … Continue reading

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