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Vayera: Optical Illusions

Rabbi Naomi Hyman | Vayera 2015

Vayera: Optical Illusions

This week’s reading (Vayera/and he appeared) covers a lot of ground. It includes Sarah’s unexpected pregnancy, the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, the expulsion of Hagar and Ishmael, and the binding and near sacrifice of Isaac. Each of these episodes is worthy of comment, but I am going to focus on the portion’s opening lines: […]

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Rabbi Naomi Hyman | Lekh Lekha 2015

Lekh Lekha: Let it Be

This week’s Torah portion (Lekh Lekha/Go you forth) contains two of my favorite instructions for spiritual practice. The first one appears at the very beginning of the reading when God tells Abraham (then Abram) to lekh lekha/go forth. Those two words can be translated in a variety of ways, but all of them point to the […]

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Rabbi Naomi Hyman | Noakh 2015

Noakh: Light in the Darkness

Have you ever felt so overwhelmed by life that you have had no choice but to shut yourself down or close yourself off? Yeah, me too. And when it happens, I feel as if I’m trapped in dark box on a raging sea. Kind of like Noah/Noakh. As you may recall, Noah was commanded to build an […]

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Rabbi Naomi Hyman | Bereshit

Bereshit: Trust and Uncertainty

As the I began to write about this week’s Torah reading (Bereshit/In a beginning), my community was threatened by a hurricane. I followed the storm closely but it is difficult to track the course of a hurricane, and the forecasts become even more uncertain as forecasters look further into the future. Because of this, the projected […]

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