Monthly Archives: December 2016

//December

A Little Spark can make a Big Difference!

"The house of Jacob will be fire, the house of Joseph a flame, and the house of Esau for straw, and they will ignite and devour them." (Obadiah 1:18) This intense verse from the Prophet Obadiah is about the ability for the Israelites to overcome in the forces of Esau when the Messiah comes. What [...]

Brotherly Love

This week, I want to do a careful reading of a few verses in the beginning of the parsha and see if we can learn a message hiding within the Hebrew phrasing (it will help to look at the Hebrew of verses in Genesis 32:4, 7, and 12). In verse 4, Jacob is sending his [...]

How Can We Share a Holy Place?

Shalom Friends, This week's parsha has a familiar highlight--I hope you remember when we studied the text of Sulam Yaakov(Jacob's Ladder)--Holy Place during the last portion of the program, and around our visit to Jerusalem. Do you remember? Do you remember the discussion? What you might have felt? What was a "Holy Place" for you [...]

A Clarion Call for Jewish Unity

I have seen many who are committing themselves to support organizations that work with demographics that are more vulnerable like minorities, immigrants, refugees, GLBT, etc., as well as projects fighting gender discrimination and for the advancement of egalitarianism. This is valuable and important at this moment. There are many that feel that these strata of [...]

Loving Another and Not Letting Go

As we read the first stories about the sibling rivalry between Jacob and Esau in this week's parsha, we are confronted with the important question about Isaac's seeming favortism towards Esau. Why would Isaac love and choose his son who is related to by the Tradition as a shady character at best, and at times [...]