A Good Death

Parashat VaYishlach, Genesis 32:4–36:43 Now the days of Isaac were 180 years. And Isaac breathed his last, and he died and was gathered to his people, old and full of days. And his sons Esau and Jacob buried him. Genesis 35:28–29 When a patriarch or matriarch dies the whole family suffers trauma. The family system… Continue reading A Good Death

Generational drama

Transition, legacy, new generation(s)—we’ve been hearing words like this a lot in the Messianic Jewish community of late, and this week we're studying the Torah portion with that very title—Toldot, or “Generations” (Gen. 25:19-28:9). This week’s Toldot represents just one of ten appearances of that word in Genesis, alerting us that generational drama is a… Continue reading Generational drama

Rosh Hashanah with Ishmael

Abraham endured ten trials of his faith, according to Jewish tradition, and the last two involve Abraham’s two sons: he must cast Ishmael out of the camp, and offer up Isaac as a sacrifice. We read about both these trials on Rosh Hashanah; Ishmael on the first day and Isaac on the second. The Akedah… Continue reading Rosh Hashanah with Ishmael