Shabbat Noah (Gen. 6:9 – 11:32)

Courtesy of Julie Seltzer and The tale of Noah, like all truly great stories, is simple and also deceptively complex. Along with the many layers of the story, there is – I discovered this year – actually TWO versions competing for your attention. In one version, the world had become corrupt, but Noah “seemed good in God’s eyes”. Noah takes seven pairs of... read more

Shabbat Beresheet (Gen. 1:1-6:8)

Courtesy of Julie Seltzer and   “Turn it, and turn it over again, for everything is in it, and contemplate it, and wax gray and old over it, and stir not from it, for thou canst have no better rule than this.” – Rabbi Ben Bag Bag “You do the hokey pokey and you turn the scroll around…” – Rachel Barenblat It’s one of those few portions that... read more