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Abraham, Tzedaka & Mishpat

Vignette: Winter must be coming, which means an invisible hand turned on the central heating system in the building. It’s finally time to get a thin summer dress, and that box to wipe the sweat off my face. Some Torah … Continue reading

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Closing Beresheet

The editor of the Talmud chose to place Tractate Chulin, literally meaning mundane, ordinary, inside the order of Kodashim, holy matters, which might have been his very (very!) subtle way of telling us how the two remain an inseparable part … Continue reading

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Freud’s Parasha (shabbat shalom & sweet dreams)

Is this where Freud and Yung got their ideas from? Joseph is the king of dreams, and I am fascinated by what the people of long ago thought about the subject. Obviously, Joseph, his brothers, father and even Pharaoh who … Continue reading

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First Love, part II

Abraham, who first encountered love in the most unexpected circumstances, bequeathed it to his son, Isaac, who in turn shared it with his wife, Rebecca. Thus, the first love between a man and a woman in the Torah was born, … Continue reading

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Light One Candle II: The Blinding Power of Hatred

How come the brothers didn’t recognize Joseph? On occasion I run into a past student of mine, then in grade school and now a young adult. They obviously have changed, and yet, it doesn’t take long before we go, ‘Oh … Continue reading

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