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Joining the Exodus

Four years ago, my father celebrated his Bar Mitzvah. He was 65-year-old at the time, well above the traditional 13, but growing up in  the USSR wasn't exactly conducive to religious celebrations. My father didn't even celebrate the Jewish holidays... Continue Reading →

The real Joseph, disrobed

  Remember that moment, in the very beginning of this week's Torah Portion, when Jacob gifts a "kutonet pasim" (an ornamental robe) to his favorite son? On the surface, this is a pretty normal instance of fatherly love. We all buy... Continue Reading →

Freud’s Favorite Parsha

For a parsha that starts with the joyful news of a forthcoming pregnancy, Vayera sure packs a punch when it comes to parents-children relationship. Within five chapters and less than 150 verses, we read about: A father (Lot) who offers... Continue Reading →

When Abraham smashed my Auto-Parent Mode

  Last week, in honor of Parshat Noach, I wrote here about the positive power of habits: When our judgement abandons us (or our kids) under temptation or pressure, good habits can kick in and save the day. But sometimes, the... Continue Reading →

Noach’s Super Power

Imagine a world in which Noach had a Facebook page. Now, we don't know enough about Noach to envision his "about" section. In what way was he "righteous" (Genesis 6, 9)? What particular actions or character traits made God favor him? What did he... Continue Reading →

Parenthood in Adam’s wake

Parenthood taught me a great many things. It taught me to function on far less sleep and far more caffeine than I thought was humanly possible. It taught me to take multi-tasking to new extremes. It taught me to avoid... Continue Reading →

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