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A People by Any Other Name

Toward the end of my comments on Parashat Vayeitzei, I noted that the collator of the Genesis stories had before him a real challenge.

D'var Torah By: 
More than a Name
Davar Acher By: 
Jennifer Kaluzny

Just as we did not expect a wrestling match would give way to a nation, neither did we expect it to be the source of the name for that nation. Dr.

The Reluctant Warrior

Because we know how it ends, we may not feel the suspense as Parashat Vayishlach opens. Jacob prepares to return home and confront his estranged brother, Esau, after 20 years apart.

D'var Torah By: 
Willing Wrestlers
Davar Acher By: 
Karen S. Citrin

Rabbi Segal highlights the tension and anxiety likely felt by both brothers prior to their dramatic encounter.

Divided We Stand

Jacob, the ancestor for whom the entire people Israel comes to be named, turns out to be a pretty divisive character.

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From Inner Division to Outward Transformation
Davar Acher By: 
Joseph R. Black

Rabbi Pankin, in his d'var Torah, writes eloquently about the concept of division that is inexorably linked with the Yaakov/Yisrael narrative.

A Wrestling Match for the Ages

"Ladies and gentlemen, let's get ready to rumble!

D'var Torah By: 
Kicking Up Some Dust
Davar Acher By: 
Cy Stanway

Rabbi Kadden's excellent d'var Torah reflects one of the realities of Jewish thought that seem puzzling to many who are not familiar with, and seem not to understand, Jewish thought.

Blessing Our Children

In Va-y'chi, the final parashah from the Book of Genesis, we confront a beautiful and touching deathbed scene, fraught with decades of underlying tension and competition.

D'var Torah By: 
The Blessings of a Life Well Lived
Davar Acher By: 
Carmit Harari

In Parashat Va-y'chi, Jacob is faced with his mortality. As he nears the end of his life, Jacob engages in the act of blessing his progeny.

She Died unto Me

Four years after my grandfather died, my grandmother remarried. She changed her last name from Dunsker to Hyman, and two months later her second husband died of a heart attack.

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“The Good Death”
Davar Acher By: 
Cookie Lea Olshein

Benjamin Franklin is often credited with saying, "Nothing can be said to be certain, except for death and taxes." Of these, most of us would much rather talk about taxes.


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