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Khayyei Sarah: Love and Comfort

Rabbi Naomi Hyman | Khayyei Sarah 2016

Khayyei Sarah: Love and Comfort

This week’s Torah reading (Khayyei Sarah) describes, among many other events, Abraham’s efforts to find a wife for his son, Isaac. As you may recall, Isaac was the longed-for and much-loved son of Abraham and Sarah. He was born late in their lives, long after they had given up hope of conceiving. He is the child […]

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Rabbi Naomi Hyman | Vayera 2016

Vayera: Not Knowing

I’ve written and rewritten my reflection on this week’s reading three times. Vayera includes many significant passages, all of which are worthy of comment. But–unusually for me–I have nothing to say about any of them. The recent election has shaken me–along with many, many others–to the core. There is great uncertainty about what is next for America, but […]

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Rabbi Naomi Hyman | Lekh Lekha 2106

Lekh Lekha: Going Forward

The opening words of this week’s reading, Lekh Lekha (Go Forth), hold a different meaning for me in the painful aftermath of the recent U.S. election. The Torah portion opens with the following words: And YHVH said to Abram, “Go forth from your land and from your birthplace and from your father’s house, to the land that […]

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