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Vayeitzei- Haftarah
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The challenge of speaking meaningfully, articulately, and intelligibly about God, the Ineffable and completely Other, looms large before each Prophet. One central tool in that task, metaphor, seeks to shed useful light on our relationship with God – itself a metaphor – by aligning it with other ones we have. This search for the familiar […]
The Wondrous in the Everyday
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And Hashem saw that Leyah was hated, and He opened her womb; but Rachel was barren. And Leyah conceived, and bore a son, and she called his name Reuven; for she said: Because Hashem has looked upon my affliction; for now my husband will love me. And she conceived again, and bore a son; and […]
The Price of Silence
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In an earlier Covenant and Conversation I quoted the Netziv (Naftali Zvi Yehudah Berlin, 1816-1893, dean of the yeshiva in Volozhin), who made the sharp observation that Isaac and Rebecca seem not to have communicated closely. Rebecca’s “relationship with Isaac was not the same as that between Sarah and Abraham or Rachel and Jacob. When […]