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Vayetze: Weak Eyes

Rabbi Naomi Hyman | Weak Eyes

Vayetze: Weak Eyes

I’ve always felt an affinity with Leyah/Leah, Ya’akov/Jacob’s unloved first wife. Leyah is described as having weak eyes (Genesis 29:17), and I can relate. I have terrible vision. I got my first pair of glasses at age 6, in the era of “guys don’t make passes at girls who wear glasses.”  But more troubling than […]

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Rabbi Naomi Hyman | Questions and Answers

Toledot: Questions and Answers

Twenty years have passed since Rivkah’s encounter with Avraham’s servant at the well. She and Yitzhak are married, but have no children. God’s assurance that Avraham will be the father of a great people seems to be in jeopardy.  The blessings for fertility that Rivkah’s people bestowed upon her echo painfully.  Yitzhak, forty years old, […]

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Rabbi Naomi Hyman | Sun and Clouds

Khayyei Sarah: Compassion

A young woman draws water from a well, filling the heavy vessel she has carried from home. She looks up, sees a stranger leading a small caravan of camels. She waits. The stranger, drawn and dusty from his journey, asks the young woman–not much more than a girl, really–for water. She lowers the jug on her […]

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Rabbi Naomi Hyman | Looking Back

Vayera: Looking Back

I have always been fascinated by the story of Lot’s wife.  I am not alone in this. Biblical commentators, whether contemporary or traditional, Jewish or not, have long wondered why the poor woman was turned into a pillar of salt. Let’s start with some context.  God noted the pervasive sinfulness of the inhabitants of Sodom and Gomorrah and […]

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