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December 4, 2017 — Chanukah

On Tuesday night December 12 we begin the holiday of Chanukah and continue celebrating it until the final candle that will be lit on the night of December 20.  Chanukah is a holiday of miracles shrouded in mystery and mistakenly often viewed as a holiday for children.  Chanukah is not mentioned in the Hebrew Bible,… View Article


November 17, 2017 — Toldot

This week’s Parashah (Torah portion) is called “Toldot”.  You will find it in the Book of Genesis 25:19-28:9.  Traditionally, this section is considered Isaac’s section, that is that it is the one part of the Torah that focuses on Isaac’s life, the least assuming of the three Patriarchs. The section, however, is as much about Rebecca… View Article


November 10, 2017 — Chaye-Sarah

This week’s Torah portion (Genesis 23:1-25:18) is one of the more ironic sections in the Hebrew Bible. Furthermore, even today we live with its consequences. Called “Chaye-Sarah/the Life of Sarah” it first speaks of Sarah’s death and burial and then her “replacement” by the second matriarch of of Israel, Rebecca.  The theme of generational change of… View Article