Toledot

Torah: Genesis 25:19-28:9 Haftarah: Malachi 1:1-2:7 New Testament: Romans 9:1-31 The portion Toledot means 'Generations', after the first words of the portion, "And these are the generations of Isaac, Abraham's son." Toledot includes the following stories: Birth of Esau and Jacob Esau sells his birthright Covenant with Isaac confirmed Sojourn in Gerar Dispute about wells Covenant … Continue reading Toledot

New Cycle, New Year

The Jewish year ends and begins again with the festival of Simchat Torah - rejoicing in the Torah, which took place at the beginning of the week. I didn't manage to get round to posting anything for the High Holidays of Rosh haShanah, Yom Kippur or Sukkot, as we were moving house. But a new … Continue reading New Cycle, New Year

How to pray when life hurts?

This year seems to have been one upset, catastrophe, tragedy after another. I won't dwell on the particulars. But this verse came up in my daily readings and I felt an immediate identification with it: "If the LORD be with us, why hath all this befallen us? and where be all his miracles which our … Continue reading How to pray when life hurts?

First Sunday of Lent

I am running a week behind now, as life has got in the way. Around a couple of weeks of a roller-coaster of looking after a very poorly, elderly dog, we had to have him put down last night. So right now I am feeling a little bit overwhelmed with grief . The next couple … Continue reading First Sunday of Lent

The Mountain of the Lord

This blog was intended to be primarily Anglican, and I do intend to start looking at the readings from the lectionary, but I haven't been able to get to an Anglican service in a while due to illness, and the fact that I can't get a lift before 10am. So, lately, I have been hanging … Continue reading The Mountain of the Lord