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Bereshit Twenty-Eight: Jacob's Ladder

We pick up right where we left off, and Isaac blesses Jacob before sending him to Laban to find a wife. “Arise, go to Paddan-aram, to the house of Bethuel your mother’s father; and take yourself a wife from among the daughters of Laban your mother’s brother. 409 more words

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Bereshit Twenty-Seven: Dysfunctional Family #7

Following up on the last verse of the previous chapter, which highlights the issues that Isaac and Rebecca have with Esau’s wives, we are reintroduced to the drama between Jacob and Esau. 947 more words

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Bereshit Twenty-Six: Deja Vu

Once again, the Promised Land is facing a famine. When this happened in the time of Abraham, he went down into Egypt. However, now that we’re in the saga of Isaac, God says to him, “Do not go down into Egypt; dwell in the land which I shall tell you of. 500 more words

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Song of Songs: Come away!

Oh, look at this blog. One of the many projects I started with passion and zeal, convinced that this time I’d follow through!

Well, I didn’t, but I’d like a blog to post my thoughts about the Bible, and I’m back. 1,008 more words

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Psalm 27 with "attribute Names"

The Reconstructionist “Kol Haneshamah” Prayer Book series takes a bold and interesting translation approach to the divine name יהוה.  The Name has most often been translated “Lord,” following the Jewish practice of reading it as “Adonai.” The Kol Haneshamah prayerbooks instead translate the Name with a variety of “descriptive names” in all-capitals, such as “SOURCE OF LIGHT,” “MAJESTIC ONE” or “THE ALL-POWERFUL.” As Rabbi David Teutsch writes in the introduction to the Shabbat volume, “the use of these many metaphors is also meant to suggest that no words are adequate for naming or containing the divine. 447 more words

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Parashat Bo 5774 - Rights and Responsibilities of the Firstborn

וְכֹל בְּכוֹר אָדָם בְּבָנֶיךָ תִּפְדֶּה

The narrative of the Ten Plagues closes with the Death of the Egyptian Firstborn and the consequential dedication of all  firstborn Israelites, man or beast, to ‘א. 1,532 more words

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