Monthly Archives: November 2014

On Jacob’s Journey, Thanksgiving & Black Friday

Like his grandfather, like his great-great-grandchildren, and like us too, Jacob set on a journey, and so, the opening word – and the name – of this week’s reading is vayetze, “and (he) exited”. Rashi points to us the fact … Continue reading

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Oakland

Oakland, the evening after Ferguson; Oakland after Michael Brown; Oakland after Trayvon Martin; Oakland after Oscar Grant; Oakland after the Super Bowl of 2003. And that of 2009. My son and I take Zoe, our golden-lab for a walk and … Continue reading

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Isaac: not the usual strength

Isaac and Rebecca are only with us for one, not-too-long Torah portion. We already met them last week: him in his walking, silent meditation; her, working hard at the well to water the servant’s camels, chatting happily, making bold decisions. … Continue reading

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Opposites Attract – or complementary opposites attract: An Intro to Isaac & Rebecca

Sometimes the Torah is so stingy with words, and sometimes it goes on and on… We know close to nothing about Abraham’s first 75 years, but the longest chapter in the Torah is dedicated to one afternoon in the life … Continue reading

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Part II: The 1st Marriage Counselor and other Family Matters

Abraham and Homework The Torah devotes lengthy chapters to Abraham, and in all of them, “forgot” to tell us, why did G-d choose him in the first place. After all, when we met Noah, we heard about how righteous and … Continue reading

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