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The Plague of Survivalism (Parshat Vayigash, Genesis 44:18-47:27)

(0) Comments | Posted December 23, 2014 | 3:52 PM

The Jewish people have a knack for surviving, even in the face of great odds. Sometimes, however, it seems as if that is our only goal.

In the Torah portion for this week (Vayigash), Joseph, having grown in power and influence in Egypt after his brothers left him for dead...

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Life on the Margins (Tazria, Leviticus 12:1-13:59)

(0) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 1:14 PM

What does it feel like to live at the edge, on the margins of community?

The Torah reading for this week, Tazria, seems to imply that it can be a very lonely experience. When someone from the Israelite community is found to...

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You Can't Go Home Again. Sort of. (Hayyei Sarah, Genesis 23:1 - 25:18)

(2) Comments | Posted October 22, 2013 | 1:08 PM

The Torah portion for this week raises a critically important existential question, a query that writers, psychologists and seekers have asked for many, many years: Can we ever really go home again?

Hayyei Sarah, or The Life of Sarah, encompasses death and birth,...

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Numbers 19:1-22:1: Serpents, Inner Demons and Spiritual Renewal

(97) Comments | Posted June 11, 2013 | 10:53 AM

We've all seen it, usually adorning the walls of doctor offices and pharmacies: the image of a snake twisting around a pole. It's the iconic and longtime symbol of the American Medical Association. But where does it come from? You don't need...

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