Tag Archives: Shabbat

Leave no one behind

Years ago, I started going up to the Great Lakes Naval Base to lead Friday night services for the recruits. They came from all backgrounds; some came because they were Jewish. Some came because it was something to do on … Continue reading

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We always need a Plan B

Here it is, the last Shabbat before the Creation of the World. It’s been a while since we were on our weekly Torah check-in, so before we head for celestial tohu v’vohu (chaos) to match the tohu v’vohu here on … Continue reading

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Yitro: standing in line for justice

Yitro’s advice to Moses was to make the law accessible to the people. We would do well to take that advice today.“You shall also seek out from among all the people capable men who fear God, trustworthy men who spurn … Continue reading

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Beshallach: the long way ’round

As is typical in the book of Exodus, a lot happens in this week’s parasha, Be’shalach, not the least of which, by the way, is Moses’ Shirat Ha Yam, the Song of the Sea. Moses sings this after the people … Continue reading

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Bo: the malevolent synecdoche

“How long shall this one be a snare to us? (Exodus 10:7) This comes from the part of this week’s parasha, Bo, where Pharaoh’s advisors are telling him to let the Israelites go already; they say they want to go … Continue reading

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Va’era: A leading man

“The Israelites would not listen to me, how then should Pharaoh heed me, a man of uncircumcised lips” (Ex 611): Moses realized that the people whom he had just been assigned to lead wouldn’t listen to him. The whole promise … Continue reading

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Shemot: Revolution

Many of you know I study Torah with an incredible group of people each Tuesday. I take notes. I take a lot of notes. Everybody in the class knows that. Anita. Takes. Notes. Sometimes the weekly parasha speaks to me … Continue reading

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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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