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Rabbi Anne Brener

Chanukah’s guiding lights

When I lie in bed on chilly mornings, waiting for the sun to rise, I think about what it might have been like with no artificial lights to extend the daylight and protect us from the darkness.


Having buried Abraham and Sarah, the biblical narrative moves to the next generation: Isaac and his family. This week’s parsha is Toldot, which can mean “generations,” “begettings” or “consequences.”

Torah portion: Time for a change

As the moon of Elul dwindles to a sliver, just before the New Year of 5776, the words of Parshat Nitzavim regarding environmental disaster entwine my memories of a decade ago with my fears for the future.


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