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Heading Home

Lech lecha: Genesis 12:1 – 17:27 “Heading Home”   Lech Lecha marks the beginning of the Patriarchal story in the Book of Genesis. We have traveled through the confusion of Creation and the Flood, and now we are about to embark on our spiritual...

A World Filled with Violence

Noah: Genesis 6:9 – 11:32 “A World Filled with Violence”   Our, then, 10-year-old daughter, Amalya came home one day from the Jewish day-school she attended, with an assignment: to write a short essay about the first verses of Noah, this week’s...

The Kabbalah of Creation

Bereishit: Genesis 1:1 – 6:8 “The Kabbalah of Creation”   I love the esoteric interpretation by Nachmanides—Rabbi Moses ben Nachman, born in Spain (1194-1270)—on the first verse of Genesis: In a beginning God created the heaven and the earth....

The Chutzpah of the Separate Self

Ha’azinu: Deuteronomy 32:1 – 52 “The Chutzpah of the Separate Self”   Chutzpah. Whether Jewish or not, most everyone knows this Hebrew/Yiddish word. The dictionary defines it as “unmitigated effrontery or impudence, gall, nerve, courage...

Giving up the Future

VaYelech: Deuteronomy 31:1 – 30 “Giving up the Future”   Moses went and spoke these things to all Israel. He said to them: “I am, today, a hundred and twenty years old. I am no longer able to go forth and enter. And the Eternal has said to me,...