6 Shevat 5780

January 31, 2020 This Shabbat, my family and I will celebrate with my nephew at his Bar Mitzvah ceremony as he reads from this week’s Torah portion, Bo (Exodus 10:1-13:16). The opening word of the portion, Bo, which literally means “come.” “Bo el Paroh – come to Pharaoh;” yet most translations say, “Go to Pharaoh,”…

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28 Tevet 5780

January 24, 2020 Recently I reread a series of stories online, that was hashtagged #HolyWomenHolyLand. This was written by a group of six rabbis and five pastors (all women) who traveled together traveled together in Israel and the Palestinian territories almost two years ago. As I read their updates, they were indeed heartbreaking and awe-inspiring.…

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21 Tevet 5780

January 17, 2020 Recently, I was sitting at Starbucks, enjoying my coffee.  On the table before me was my special Starbucks coffee mug filled with coffee, and copies of some pages of the Talmud that I wanted to study to prepare for my Adult Learning class as well as write some notes and ideas for the weekly…

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14 Tevet 5780

January 10, 2020 As we read the last portion in the Book of Genesis on this Shabbat, Vayechi (Genesis 47:28-50:26), after Jacob dies, we learn: When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they grew frightened, ‘What if Joseph still bears a grudge against us!’ The rabbis of Midrash ask: “What did they see that made…

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7 Tevet 5780

January 3, 2020— A colleague once told me that he always liked the name of this week’s Torah portion. It’s the one where Joseph reveals himself to his brothers and they all go into shock and tears. He calls it Parshat “Oh-My-Gosh.” (The real name is Vayigash (Genesis 44:18-47:27))In celebration of all that has gone on, Pharaoh invites all…

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