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Vayishlach

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Our father Jacob and his family face two great crises that are recorded for us in this week’s Torah reading. The first is the long-awaited encounter with his jealous and dangerous brother, who decades later still smarts over the deal that he made in selling his birthright to Jacob. Jacob is aware that his brother has the potential to destroy him and his family, and he prepares three different avenues of salvation – a financial settlement, the invocation of heavenly protection through prayer, and finally, the preparation of physical means of self-defense. In the end, his brother accepts the financial gifts offered him and departs, never again to really become part of Jacob’s family...

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LOSING TIME

Sunday, December 8, 2019

One of the many hazards of international travel is the change of time zones. This usually leads to what we commonly call jet lag. This can be very disconcerting and oftentimes require days and even weeks before its effect is completely dissipated. Having recently traveled back and forth from Israel to the United States I was acutely aware of the seven-hour time difference between the two countries. However, for some reason I apparently am never greatly affected by jet lag and the different time zones. I am well aware that there are many who are not so blessed and find not only travel difficult in actuality, but also the aftereffects of jet lag. I was explaining this to my great...

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