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Shabbat Toldot

Genesis 25:19 -28:9
Candle Lighting time 4:18 PM

 

Many years ago a magazine published a story about a man who visited a small town on Cape Cod. He bought an old homestead that had fallen into disrepair and planned to improve the property by digging a new well. An elderly farmer, however, who had known the place in its original glory, said, “Why don’t you open up the old well? There used to be plenty of good sweet water in it.”

 

The suggestion seemed to be a good one, so the owner told the workmen to clean out the old well. A few days later it began to fill up again with fresh and delicious water.

 

This account reminded me of this week’s Torah reading.  “Isaac dug  new the wells of water which had been dug in the days of Abraham his father. “ (Genesis 26: 18). By digging up the wells of his father Abraham, which the Philistines had stopped up, Isaac found there the same refreshment as his father had.

 

There is little wrong with the old truths of the Torah that our sages believed and clung to. Modernity has tried to clog up our spiritual resources with modern skepticism of anything old.

 

Without denying the modern truths of science, archaeology, and modern biblical understandings, let us clean out the spiritual wells of truth through the study of Torah and the ancient commentaries so that the water may freely flow again. That is why our Etz hayim Chumash in our pews has two forms of commentary. Above the line is a modern scientific explanation of the verses and below the line contains wisdom from the rabbis. Teaching us in addition to the new wells of knowledge, the old wells of truth will also satisfy us.

 

Shabbat Shalom,

 

Rabbi Greene

 

Service Schedule

    
Shabbat    9:30 a.m.

    

Save the Date!

 

Shabbat, November 18, join us as Cantor Irene will be leaving services this morning

 

Shabbat, December 15 join us for our annual Hanukkah dinner sponsored by the sisterhood. Special Kabbalat Shabbat services begin at 6 PM with dinner following. Dinner costs only $20 per adult and children under 12 years old  accompanied by their parents or guardian are free. RSVP at the synagogue no later than December 8

 

 

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