Monthly Archives: November 2012

Random Musings Before Shabbat–Vayishlakh 5773–That Other Devorah’s Tale

וַתָּ֤מָת דְּבֹרָה֙ מֵינֶ֣קֶת רִבְקָ֔ה וַתִּקָּבֵ֛ר מִתַּ֥חַת לְבֵֽית־אֵ֖ל תַּ֣חַת הָֽאַלּ֑וֹן וַיִּקְרָ֥א שְׁמ֖וֹ אַלּ֥וֹן בָּכֽוּת׃ And Deborah, Rebecca’s nurse, died, and she was buried beneath Beit El, beneath the plain; so he named it Allon Bakhuth (weeping oak?) It has been a … Continue reading

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Random Musing Before Shabbat–Vayeitzei 5773–Mandrakes and More

Some of the musings I have written on this parasha are among my favorites. While there is a new musing here for you to read this year, I did want to take this opportunity to (somewhat self-promotionally) recommend that you … Continue reading

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Random Musing Before Shabbat–Tol’dot 5773–More Teleology

I’ve spent some time writing about and discussing Rivka’s complaint about her difficult pregnancy, as expressed in the words of  25:22, אִם־כֵּ֔ן לָ֥מָּה זֶּ֖ה אָנֹ֑כִ in previous musings like Is This All There Is?  This year, I want to spend … Continue reading

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Random Musing Before Shabbat–Hayyei Sarah 5773–Still Tilting at the Same Windmills

Something about this parasha and its associated haftarah keep tugging at me. There are themes I come back to, time and again. One theme to which I will always come back, until I eventually write that darn book I keep … Continue reading

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Random Musing Before Shabbat-Vayera 5773-Do Your Own Unpacking

I’ve had a lot of fun with this parasha over the years. It’s rich with story, drama, intrigue, and more. I’ve pummeled Vayera with a Family Guy parody “He’s a Family Guy?” (http://www.durlester.com/musings/vayeira5769.htm ) I’ve woven creative midrash in diary/journal … Continue reading

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