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Surrounded by Angels

Vayetze 5776 / 21 November 2015

One reading technique I learned from my teacher, Reb Mimi Feigelson, is something she calls “bracketed reading:” looking at just the first and last elements of a story, parshah, or even an entire book of the Torah, taking those elements as a frame that shapes our understanding of the content in between. This morning’s parshah, Vayetze,… Read More

Posted: November 23, 2015 by

So Many Blessings

Sermon: Installation D'Var Torah / 8 November 2015

So many blessings. Rebecca, you make all of this possible. You make our house a home, you give me strength and courage, and you bless me with your love. You have always made it possible for me to do this work I love, and I am grateful beyond words. I feel blessed to be here… Read More

Posted: November 9, 2015 by

Reckoning with Rabin

Vayera 5776 / 31 October 2015

I heard the voice at the other end of the phone, but the words just didn’t make any sense. Up until that point, it hadn’t been the kind of night a person would remember twenty years after. I was out to dinner with my dad, typical enough for a Saturday night, when I got a… Read More

Posted: November 3, 2015 by

Lech-Lecha 5775: A Palace Aglow

October 24, 2015 | 11 Heshvan 5776

We began to read the story of Abraham this morning. In Parashat Lech-Lecha we read of the journeys of that trailblazer who, together with his wife Sarah, leaves behind his family and his land, along with their culture, beliefs and values. He forges a bond with God that will be passed down for generations. In… Read More

Posted: November 3, 2015 by

Reading Rainbows

Noah 5776 / 17 October 2015

One of the best-known scenes in this morning’s parshah comes when God promises Noah never to destroy the earth again by flood. As part of the post-flood covenant between God and humanity, God explains: Note the repetition of terms: In this brief passage we have the word קֶּשֶׁת, “bow,” and אוֹת, “sign,” three times each,… Read More

Posted: October 19, 2015 by