Gathering Sources: Vayishlach

Some thoughts and resources for exploring the Torah portion Vayishlach (sometimes “Vayishlah”), Genesis 32:4-36:43. This is part of a series of weekly “gathering sources” posts, collecting previous material on the weekly Torah portion, most originally part of a 2009-10 series called “Opening the Book.” Vayishlach is next read in the Diaspora minchah December 7 through Shabbat December 14.

Something to Notice: God-Wrestling and Fabrangen

A Path to Follow: Jacob and Yisrael

Language and Translation: What Dinah and Hamor Experienced

Great Source(s): The Biography of Ancient Israel

See also:
Leaving Genesis: Departing Women

The Babylon Road. The biblical Rachel’s life and death link her to the Babylon of the past and future and to the precarious nature of Israel’s future on the land.

Babylon and Rachel’s Offering. This midrash offers lessons for people struggling to function with integrity and flexibility in a diverse, often contradictory, world.

Gathering Sources: Vayeitzei

Some thoughts on the Torah portion Vayeitzei — also spelled Vayetzei or Vayetze — Gen 28:10-32:3. This is part of a series of weekly “gathering sources” posts, collecting previous material on the weekly Torah portion, most originally part of a 2009-10 series called “Opening the Book.” Vayeitzei is next read in the Diaspora, minchah on November 30 through December 7.

Something to Notice updated 2019: Bilhah and Zilpah and the Amidah

A Path to Follow: Rachel and Leah, competition or not

Great Source(s): Akedat Yitzchak

Language and Translation: Sulam [what the angels climb]

See also:
Seven Years or Seven Days

Legends of Luz

biblical tree

Jewish Women’s Archive. “Biblical Family Tree.” https://jwa.org/media/biblical-family-tree

Gathering Sources: Toldot

Some thoughts and resources for exploring the Torah portion, Toldot, Gen. 25:19 – 28:9. This is part of a series of weekly “gathering sources” posts, collecting previous material on the weekly Torah portion, most originally part of a 2010 series called “Opening the Book.” Toldot is next read in the Diaspora, minchah on Nov 23 through Shabbat morning, Nov 30.

Something to Notice: The mother of two

Path to Follow: Say you’re my sister

Language and Translation: Simple and stew

Great Source: Fox on Toldot

See also:
Warring Nation, Sibling Tears

Babylon and Adventures in Bibleland

Babylon: Further Adventures in Bibleland

Regular weekly postings interrupted by fall holidays and just getting back on track.

Gathering Sources: Chayei Sarah

Some thoughts and resources for exploring the Torah portion Chayei Sarah — maybe also spelled Chayei or Hayye Sarah — Genesis 23:1-25:18. This is part of a series of weekly “gathering sources” posts, collecting previous material on the weekly Torah portion, most originally part of a 2010 series called “Opening the Book.” Chayei Sarah is read in the Diaspora this week, from minchah on 11/16 through Shabbat, 11/23.

Great Sources: Dasher, Delayer, Displayer, and Doer

Language and Translation: Mourning and Wailing

Something to Notice: The mother’s house

A Path to Follow: Meetings at a Well

See also:
Chayei Sarah, Shabbat, and Transgender Remembrance Day

Ishmael, Isaac, and a Reunion of Cousins

Publishing of these Gathering Sources posts was interrupted by the fall holidays and did not get back on track. Apologies for any inconvenience or confusion. Missing posts coming ASAP.

Gathering Sources: Nitzavim

Sources for exploring the Torah portion, Nitzavim, Deut 29:9-30:20 — also spelled Nitsavim and Netzavim, sometimes Nitzabim or Nesabim. Nitzavim is next read in the Diaspora beginning with minchah September 21, through Shabbat September 28.

This is part of a series of weekly “gathering sources” posts, collecting previous material on the weekly Torah portion, most originally part of a 2010 series called “Opening the Book.”

Great Sources: Choice Gifts
Something to Notice: There and Not
Language and Translation: Niphleiot
A Path to Follow: To Turn

See Also:
You are ALL Standing with Ariel Samson: Freelance Rabbi &Co

Gathering Sources: Ki Tavo

Some resources for exploring the Torah portion Ki Tavo (Deut 26:1-29:8) — also sometimes spelled Ki Thavo, Ki Tabo, Ki Thabo, or Ki Savo. Next read in the Diaspora beginning with minchah on September 14, through Shabbat September 21.

This is part of a series of weekly “gathering sources” posts, collecting previous material on the weekly Torah portion, most originally part of a 2010 series called “Opening the Book.”

Great Sources: Garments in the wilderness
Language and Translation: Removed, Cleared Out, Rooted Out
Something to Notice: First Fruits
A Path to Follow: Arami Oved

See also:
Prayer Links: Hearts, Eyes, Ears

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Gathering Sources: Shoftim

Some resources for exploring the Torah portion Shoftim, Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9. (Sometimes spelled Shof’tim or Shofetim.) Next read in the Diaspora beginning with minchah on August 31, through Shabbat September 7.

This is part of a series of weekly “gathering sources” posts, collecting previous material on the weekly Torah portion, most originally part of a 2010 series called “Opening the Book”:

Something to Notice: You must not go back that way
A Path to Follow: Wanton Destruction
Great Source(s): Duties of the Heart
Language and Translation: Whole-Hearted

See also:

Justice: God’s Promise or Ours? (Shoftim Prayer Links)

Gathering Sources: Re’eh

Some resources for exploring the Torah portion Re’eh, Deut 11:26-16:17– (Wikipedia says this is also spelled: Reeh, R’eih, or Ree). This is part of a series of weekly “gathering sources” posts, collecting previous material on the weekly Torah portion, most originally part of a 2010 series called “Opening the Book.” Re’eh is next read in the Diaspora beginning with minchah, August 24 and continuing through Shabbat August 31.

Something to Notice: Protecting Us from Ourselves
A Path to Follow: The Three Weeks and the Seven
Language and Translation: Knowing
Great Source(s): Walking behind the Presence

See also: Awaiting the Harvests: Prayer Links for Re’eh
Learning to See — Opportunity Maps (August 20, 2017)

Gathering Sources: Ki Teitzei

Resources for exploring the Torah Portion, Ki Teitzei, Deuteronomy 21:10–25:19. This portion — which is also spelled (per Wikipedia, although some of these seem rare): Ki Tetse, Ki Thetze, Ki Tese, Ki Tetzey, Ki Seitzei — is next read in the Diaspora beginning with minchah, September 7 through Shabbat September 14. (Yes, still a few weeks away and out of order: Re’eh and Shoftim coming soon.)

This post is part of a series of weekly “gathering sources” posts, collecting previous material on the weekly Torah portion, most originally part of a 2010 series called “Opening the Book.”

Language and Translation: Not Indifferent
A Path to Follow: Bird’s Nest and “The Other”
Great Sources: One-Sided Memory
Something to Notice: Gershwin Haftarah

See also: Ki Teitzei Prayer Links: Remember
Remember Miriam: Process and Patience
Ki Teitzei: Productive Erasing

Gathering Sources: Eikev

Some thoughts and resources for exploring the Torah portion Eikev — sometimes spelled Ekev or Aikev, maybe Eqeb or Ekeb — Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25. This is part of a series of weekly “gathering sources” posts, collecting previous material on the weekly Torah portion, most originally part of a 2010 series called “Opening the Book.” Eikev is next read in the Disapora, beginning with minchah on August 17, and concluding with full reading on August 24.

Great Sources: Narrative and Paradoxes of Authority

Great Source Tangent: Forty Days and Forty Nights

Language and Translation: v’haya eikev

Something to Notice: Seven Species

A Path to Follow: Birkat Hamazon

You Can’t Spend What You Ain’t Got: Eikev Prayer Links