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Abraham, Father of the Nations

Last week’s parashah was entitled Chayei Sarah (“the life of Sarah”) and opens with the account of Sarah’s death and burial. Sarah is called Sarah imeinu, “Sarah our mother” in Jewish tradition and is, of course, one of the matriarchs. It is through her womb that the […]

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The Fruit of the Ground: The Rabbis and the Didache on Gentile Tithing Obligations

According to Didache chapter 13, the Gentile believers do not give the sacred gifts to priests and Levites but rather to prophets and teachers. The Didache reasons that the “first part” should be given to the prophets because, as the writer indicates to the believers, “They are […]

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Finding Your Soul Mate

In the story of the marriage of Isaac and Rebekah (Genesis 24), God makes it clear that Rebekah is the woman he has chosen for Abraham’s son Isaac. After that, Isaac and Rebekah never had to muse, “I wonder if we should have gotten married.” Sometimes married […]

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