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Shabbat Vayaytzay (Gen. 28:10-32:3)

We pick up this week with Jacob traveling – running for his life, actually – to the home of Laban. On his way, he has a vision of a ladder that extends to heaven, angels traveling both up and...
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Shabbat Toledot (Gen. 25:19-28:9)

This week we delve into the character, psyche and dynamics of Isaac’s family. Jacob was fairer than Esau, with a lighter complexion and smaller build. Esau was apparently a lightweight when it came...
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Shabbat Chayay Sarah (Gen. 23:1-25:18)

It’s a week of ups and downs this week. Overall, Team Abraham is pretty prosperous. Abraham sends Eliezar to find a wife to Isaac and he meets Rebecca right out of the starting gate. Rebecca...
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Shabbat Vayera (Gen. 18:1 – 22:24)

The name of the portion this week is Vaera – “And God Saw”, but it seems (to me) to be all about blindness. At the beginning of the portion this week, Abraham is sitting, perhaps...
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Shabbat Lech Lecha (Gen. 12:1-17:27)

This week we meet up with Abram and Sarai and read about their adventures traveling hither and yon – their departure from the big city, how they fooled a Pharaoh and came out with buckets of booty,...
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