We begin with befuddlement. Beginning again a new cycle of Torah reading with B’reishit, this week’s Torah portion, we immediately confront beautiful complications contained within our Torah. Exploring the contradictions and challenges inherent within our text often yields insights otherwise unseen. Such beauty exists in complicated things. “Turn it, and turn it again, for everything is in it” (Pirkei Avot 5:22). There are, after all, seventy faces to Torah. Beginning with th
Rabbi Jodie Gordon Yom Kippur Morning- 5776 The question, posed to a group of parents: What rules, warnings, survival tactics are you giving your children as you raise them? The answers: “Get stopped for a traffic violation? Use your Sunday school manners. Keep your hands where they can be seen, and above all else, do not argue. My daddy passed on that lesson to me, and sadly, if I have grandchildren, it seems they too will have to get this same, dirty lesson”.
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