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Helicopter Parents and the Jewish Future

The Book of Genesis is full of unethical behavior or, at the least, highly questionable actions by our matriarchs and patriarchs.

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The Vision and Image of Isaac
Davar Acher By: 
David Komerofsky

Our daily prayers include a remembrance of the parents of the Jewish people, the patriarchs and matriarchs through whose merit we try to gain some favor in our own lives.

Isaac: Why Is This Patriarch Different from All Other Patriarchs?

This week's Torah portion begins with the phrase, V'eileh toldot Yitzchak ben Avraham, "This is the line of Isaac son of Abraham" (Genesis 25:19), indicating that the text is now going to

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Breaking the Cycle of Family Dysfunction
Davar Acher By: 
Rebekah Stern

I am grateful to Rabbi Kadden for so artfully bringing Isaac's character into focus, though I am still deeply troubled by the dysfunctional family cycle that Isaac and Rebekah perpetuate in this we

Digging Our Parents' Wells

Water is life. Our bodies are mostly water; our planet is able to sustain life largely because of its abundant supply of water.

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Parashat Tol'dot
Davar Acher By: 
Lesley Litman

While thinking about this week's parashah, I was reminded of the decoder rings my brother often found in the Frosted Flakes or Rice Krispies box.

We Are the Ancestors

Chaim Nachman Bialik (Hebrew poet, 1873-1934) was born and raised in Eastern Europe. A recurrent image in his poems is the krechtz, the "sigh" or groan.

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Jacob and Esau: One Person Combining Two Natures
Davar Acher By: 
John L. Rosove

The story of Jacob and Esau is a tale of two brothers whose appearance and natures are polar opposites and who grow up hating each other. Their parents' favoritism doesn't help much.

The Opening of Wombs

Creating another person is among the most magical things we humans are capable of. We know about science and biology, and the process of reproduction, but when it happens or doesn't there is nothing scientific about the way it feels. It feels like magic. We either have it or we don't.
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Tol'dot: The Intimate Stories of Our Lives
Davar Acher By: 
Max Weiss

"This is the line of Isaac son of Abraham: Abraham begot Isaac" (Genesis 25:19).

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