Tag Archives: Shabbat

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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Chayeh Sarah: Matchmaker, matchmaker

There’s a site called JMoms. It’s not a dating site for single Jewish people. It’s a site for the mothers of Jewish singles to make matches for their kids. Jewish moms from all over the world look at other moms’ … 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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Noah: Relative righteousness

Six words. Six words to express a world of learning and hope and vision. It’s not easy to do , but it works when you pick the right six words. Like, “Shma Yisrael,Adonai Eloheinu, Adonai Echad”  Those are good words. … Continue reading

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Bereshit: Listen for the breath

It’s good to be back. I know I took a little time off from Jewish Gems, a weekly visit to the weekly parasha, but it’s a new year and the scroll has been rolled, and it’s Bereshit/Genesis, all is new….again. … Continue reading

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Matot Masei:That’s Ok, I’ll just stay here

(Apologies to how this is formatted. This is the best I could do with the tech environment I’m in) Standing at the edge of the Land, amassing at the border, and preparing to go in, Moses heard something he never … Continue reading

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