2 Kislev 5780

We read in this week’s Torah portion, Toledot (Genesis 25:19-28:9), And Esau became a man knowing the hunt, a man of the field…And Isaac loved Esau.(25:27-28) Where do blessings come from? Where do they go? What is their source of power? What is their effect?While our tradition mandates that we pronounce blessings of all kinds and for all…

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25 Cheshvan 5780

November 22, 2019 I am honored and blessed to serve this sacred community of Temple Shalom of Aberdeen these past 20 plus years. It is a blessing to visit with congregants and loved ones, even as we all age. As I visit some who are in a great deal of frailty, it can be hard; but…

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18 Cheshvan 5780

November 15, 2019 This week, in Parashat Vayera (Genesis 18:1-22:24), Avimelech, king of Gerar, faces a threat to himself and his household. Abraham enters the town and repeats his prior ill-fated decision to present Sarah as his sister instead of his wife upon arriving in a foreign land. Unaware that Sarah is married, Avimelech takes her for…

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11 Cheshvan 5780

November 8, 2019 Abraham was a traveler on a liberating path marked by potholes. He was commanded by God: “Lech lecha. Go. Go to yourself. Leave who you were behind, everything and everyone you’ve known.” (Genesis 12:1- 17:27, paraphrased) God’s command is deeply personal. And each time we, Abraham’s children, revisit that divine imperative, it…

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