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Vayishlach: What’s in a Name?

Vayomer, “Lo Ya’akov ye’amer od shimcha, ki im Yisrael, ki sarita im Elohim v’im anashim vatuchal.” And he said, “No more shall you be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have struggled with God and with men, and you have overcome. (Gen. 32:29) I love this story: It is time for Jacob to go home […]

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Vayetze: This Is The Place

Vayetze Ya’akov miBe’er Shava vayelech Harana. Vayifga bamakom vayalen sham… And Jacob left Be’er Sheva and set out for Haran. He encountered The Place, and he spent the night there… (Gen. 28:10-11) This is the beginning of Jacob’s journey of spiritual awakening. By impersonating his brother Esau, Jacob had tricked his blind father Isaac and […]

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Toldot: Isaac Digs His Father’s Wells Anew

V’eleh toldot Yitzchak ben Avraham: Avraham holid et Yitzchak These are the generations of Isaac son of Abraham: Abraham begot Isaac. (Gen. 25:19) In our marvelous Torah study class yesterday (if you are in the area and are able, join us at the Woodstock Jewish Congregation Thursdays, December 4, 11 and 18 from 12:15-2:00 pm!) […]

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Vayera: A Visionary Journey

At the conclusion of last week’s portion Lech Lecha, “Go To Yourself”, Abram has expanded into Abraham, and has circumcised himself – meaning, as I described last week, that Abraham has opened himself and committed himself to remain open to YHVH, Life Unfolding. As this week’s reading of Vayera, which means “He Had a Vision,” opens, Abraham is […]

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Behold, It Is Very Good

Rabbi Jonathan Kligler · TIATI 1 Bereishit Jonathan Kligler וַיַּרְא אֱלֹהִים אֶת־כָּל־אֲשֶׁר עָשָׂה וְהִנֵּה־טוֹב מְאֹד Va’yar Elohim et kol asher asah v’hinei tov me’od … And God looked at all that God had made and behold, it was very good … (Genesis 1:31). The Torah begins, and the curtain rises on creation. The first chapter […]

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