Wrestling with AIDS

Parshat Vayishlach/World AIDS DAY Genesis 32:3-36:43 This week on Shabbat we will observe World AIDS Day.  We recall so many of our friends and lovers who have succumbed to the complications of HIV/AIDS.  Those very difficult early years when the gay men’s community was decimated have given way to longer lives, better prevention and drugs…Read more »

Reunion time

Parshat Vayishlach Genesis 32:4–36:43 The “Holiday” Season is upon us.  There are lots of gatherings of co-workers, friends and families. Some of these gatherings will be reunions of sorts.  The people you see only once a year at a cocktail party at a friend’s home. There are the family members who gather for latkes and…Read more »

Working for something-Vayetze

Parshat Vayetze Genesis 28:10-32:3 In this week’s Torah portion our Patriarch Jacob learns the lesson of hard work. He learns the lesson of what it means to earn your keep; to sacrifice for something you want. As the Parasha opens Jacob is fleeing from his brother Esau. Esau, his twin, has threatened to kill him…Read more »

The blessing of hope

Parshat Vayehi Genesis  47:28-50:26 We come to the end of the book of Genesis this week.  These final chapters are also the final chapters in the lives of Jacob and Joseph.  Our patriarch Jacob on his death bed gives a blessing to his sons and to his grandsons Ephraim and Menashe.  His blessing to his…Read more »