Parashat Lech Lecha

Parashat Lech Lecha

‘A Traveling Homeland’ – this is the name of Daniel Boyarin’s book. He refers to the phrase ‘Lech Lecha’ to say the following:
‘The biblical story is not one of a person who is born from the land but one of always already coming from somewhere else.”
 Paraphrasing Boyarin, the key value of the Jewish people […]

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Parashat Noach

“My mum has been deported.”
“I want to stay in this country after I finish studying, but the government won’t let me.”
“If they send my wife back, I don’t know what will happen to our children.”
These are all sentences I have heard in the last few months. Some from Jews. Some from non-Jews. All from […]

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Parashat Bereshit

 “These are the generations of the heaven and of the earth when they were created…” (Genesis 2:4).
The Baal haTurim (Rabbi Yaakov ben Asher, 13th-14th century) notices that the Hebrew letters of the word “they were created”, הבראם  (= hibaram), are the same as those of “Abraham” : אברהם. Thus the word “they were created” […]

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Chol Hamoed Succot

For the last few years, Rosh Hashanah has coincided with another time of renewal. Both invite people with shared interests and commitments in to connect with each other. Both involve places of worship which offer the chance to begin afresh- to build on what came before and is yet to start over.
I am of […]

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Parashat Ha’azinu

In Parashat Ha’azinu, God’s choice of the Children of Israel, and bringing them forth from Egypt, are dramatized in part of Moses’s final speech—delivered in the form of a seventy line song. Here, I will pursue only one of that song’s highly charged images: from Deuteronomy 32:13, here in JPS’s translation:
He [God] set him […]

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Parashat Vayeilech

This week we’ll be reading from Parashat Vayeilech, which means; “and he went, or, when he went”. Parashat Vayeilech is the fifty second parashah, and at the moment of writing this – a mere few days before Rosh Hashanah, the fact that I am writing about the fifty second portion within our annual cycle […]

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Parashat Nitzavim

The Little Prince, the Days of Awe, and the Messianic Times.
“29.13. I make this covenant, with its sanctions, not with you alone,
29.14. but both with those who are standing here with us this day before the LORD our God and with those who are not with us here this day.”.
While reading them, those […]

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Parashat Ki Tavo

I recently saw the film ‘Inland road’ where a young child asks if her father could grow again. He died in a car accident. The brother survived as well a female hitchhiker who also was in the car. Her father has just been buried, while a friend of the child explained that rain makes […]

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