Parsha B’reishit

Bereishit “[Beginning] God created heaven and earth….” Genesis 1:1 Growing up I spent every summer with my maternal grandparents. I cherished that time to build intimate, meaningful, complex relationships with them. It wasn’t always easy to be a child in a senior household. One summer my parents surprised me with a pottery wheel and aContinue reading “Parsha B’reishit”

Parsha Matot

This week’s parsha is more than a little confusing. The Israelites, standing at the edge of the Jordan, are commanded to form an army and commit genocide. That’s right; God says wipe out ALL the Cannanites. God threatens them that, if they don’t follow through, there’s a comeuppance. Spoiler alert: the Israelite army can’t bringContinue reading “Parsha Matot”