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Parashat Vayigash Genesis 44:18-47:27   The d’var Torah for this issue would normally be on this week’s Torah portion, Yitro. However, the theme for this special issue is weddings. How might those two be combined? As we know, a rabbi … more
A recent article in “Jewish Action,” the magazine of the Orthodox Union, bemoaned the fact that the sermon has become less important in the life of the synagogue. Just a few months ago, in a front-page article, the Wall Street Journal explored … more
My Aunt Audrey came into our family when I was 15 years old. Our connection was instantaneous; she became my hero and was my champion for the next 40 years. more
Parashat VayigashGenesis 44:18-47:27 If you have ever suffered grief after a loss – and many of us have – you know how debilitating it can be. In the Torah portion Vayigash we see Jacob as a father who has lost a child and is devastated. … more
What is the miracle of Hanukkah, anyway? The rabbis of our Talmud ask this question, and the ensuing discussion is a short one – a rarity for our long-winded predecessors. On the 25th day of Kislev, we commence eight days of celebration. more
Parashat Va-yetzei Hanukkah/Thanksgiving (Genesis 28:10 – 32:3)   Only a few weeks ago the Torah described how Isaac will be born to a man who would be 100 years old and a woman who would be 90. There can be no question as to the … more
Parashat Hayyei Sarah Genesis 23:1-25:1   In this week’s Torah portion, Abraham sends his slave to find a wife for Isaac. The dramatic scene unfolds as the slave finds Rebecca, described as tovat mar’eh me’od,  “an exceedingly … more
Parashat NoahGenesis 6:9-11:32 You may have heard the sound as Jewish professionals everywhere breathed a sigh of relief last week with the advent of Rosh Hodesh Heshvan.  That is because Heshvan, which follows Tishri, is the only Jewish … more
We’ve all said and done things we regret, words we wish we had never uttered, casual remarks intended or not, that harm a friend or family member, perhaps even an unintended impulsive physical blow to a sibling or a child. We wish afterward that … more
We have two terms to describe the season of the Jewish year that will peak in intensity within days. We call it the “High Holidays” and the “Days of Awe” (yamim nora’im). I much prefer the latter term, the Days of Awe – because Judaism … more
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