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PARSHA POSTS: CHAYEI SARAH
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Michael S. Diamond
Nov 11, 2018, 7:28 AM
Brothers from another mother: Chaya Sarah
I was sipping a mojito at the bar at the back of ‘The High Road’ in Midtown. Technically it was called ‘Bar: The High Road’, but it kind of breaks your teeth to say it all out. My mom...
Alexander I. Poltorak
Nov 7, 2018, 9:05 PM
Second Derivative – Secrets of the Double Cave
And he spoke with them, saying, “…Listen to me and entreat for me to Ephron the son of Zohar. That he may give me the Machpelah (Double) Cave, which belongs to him, which is at the end of his...
Nov 5, 2018, 9:26 AM
Remembering Life and Confronting Hate: Chayei Sara
Today, shivas in Pittsburgh are paused; our tradition teaches us to pause public mourning on Shabbat. Yet we gather as Jews, here and across America, with so many strong and difficult feelings: sadness, anger, vulnerability, and determination. I share those...
Alexander I. Poltorak
Nov 4, 2018, 5:57 PM
And the life of Sarah was one hundred years and twenty years and seven years... (Gen. 23:1) Why did Esther merit to rule over 127 countries? Said God: “Let Esther, the descendant of Sarah who lived 127 years, come and...
Nov 4, 2018, 12:20 PM
Jewish Education in Crisis: Kindling our Future
I once interviewed for a job at a Jewish day school that would have had me teaching Judaic Studies. The interview seemed to be going well, and I honestly felt that I had as good a chance as any...
Nov 2, 2018, 10:47 PM
Parshat Hayei Sarah – Marriage and Politics
The story of Eliezer seeking out Rivkah on behalf of Itzhak seems anticlimactic in the otherwise fast-paced narrative of Breishit. Not only does the story seems to occupy a disproportionate volume of text, but it is repetitive and predictably...
Nov 2, 2018, 9:23 PM
Parashat Hayei Sarah: For Pittsburgh
In memory of those who were killed. May their memory be for a blessing. In the wake of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, what I feel and what I think many of us feel, is vulnerable, insecure. We are suddenly acutely...
Nov 2, 2018, 4:51 PM
Pittsburgh: reassurance and reality
What to tell our kids? Everything will be ok. You’ll be safe. And yet, as much as we want to reassure them, what shall we tell them about the reality? Incitement is on the rise. Hate is being activated. Uncontrollable Jew-hatred was the motivation...
Nov 2, 2018, 3:18 PM
Love on the path to consolation
The gruesome murder of 11 unique Jewish souls joined in their community sanctuary last Shabbat morning weighs on the hearts and minds of those preparing for our day of rest. Additional victims and first responders continue to face their...
Ilana Goldstein Saks
Nov 2, 2018, 11:27 AM
Praying and planting
Isaac seems like the boring patriarch, until you realize that he's the Torah’s archetype for all humanity (Chayei Sarah)