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Lekh Lekha: Becoming a Blessing

Rabbi Naomi Hyman

Lekh Lekha: Becoming a Blessing

This week, I’d like to focus on just a few words from the very beginning of the parashah, the words that give this reading its name: lekh lekha.  These are some of my favorite words of Torah, all the more so because they can be translated in a variety of ways.  They are the first words spoken by God […]

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Rabbi Naomi Hyman \ Watery World

Noakh: Expectations and Reality

In the first chapters of Genesis, God creates the world and all the creatures in it, including the first human beings. Adam and Eve are installed in the Garden of Eden, where all their needs are met simply and easily. God seems content with Creation, even optimistic. It seems that things did not go as […]

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Rabbi Naomi Hyman | Naming Creation

Bereshit: Naming Creation

Let’s take a closer look at a few verses from the first Torah reading of the year, Bereshit (In the Beginning). The creation story presented here differs in many respects from the more familiar account in Chapter 1. In Genesis 2:7, God creates the first human being (Adam) from the dust of the earth (adamah) and […]

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About the Torah Commentary

It is common in Jewish Renewal circles to handle the Shabbat and holy day custom of calling people to Torah for an aliyah (the honor of offering the blessings that precede and follow each reading) a little differently. Instead of calling just one person, everyone is invited to participate. Typically, the rabbi or other service […]

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Waking with Gratitude

How do you start your day? Do you groan at the sound of the alarm, make a beeline for the coffee and stumble into your day? Do you grab your phone to check your email, your Facebook feed and the morning news? Turn on the TV or radio or grab the newspaper? Or do you […]

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