Monthly Archives: November 2011

Random Musing Before Shabbat-Hayyei Sarah 5772 – Zikhnah

This weeks parasha, Hayyei Sarah, and its haftarah (from I Kings chapter 1) are connected in many ways, but most clearly by their use of the same Hebrew phrase, “zakein ba bayamim,” meaning “old, advanced in years,” applied to Avraham … Continue reading

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Random Musing Before Shabbat – Vayera 5772 – Well?

There is something about deserts. It seems we’ve always known that. Our history, literature, and religious texts are replete with desert experiences that shape people and societies. People and prophets have walked the deserts seeking solace, answers, solitude, and more. … Continue reading

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Random Musing Before Shabbat – Lekh Lekha 5772 – Out of Context

I was perusing the haftarah for Lekh Lekha this week while pre-occupied with other thoughts, not giving my reading the attention it deserved. My eyes chanced upon these words: Each one helps the other, saying to his fellow, “Take courage!”The … Continue reading

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