Parsha Notes

The Wisdoms of Welcome

The Wisdoms of Welcome

by Rabbi Steve Greenberg Three tired and hungry travelers are accosted by an old man. He is running, actually limping toward them. He beseeches them to come back with him and to take some nourishment, some food and drink, to rest their feet for a bit in his home. He prepares for them not a [more]
Abraham’s Calling: The Journey to Authenticity

Abraham’s Calling: The Journey to Authenticity

By R. Sunnie Epstein, Director Welcoming Shuls Project, Eshel Our Parsha begins as G-d instructs Avram to leave all that he knows from the past – his land, his birthplace, and his father’s house.   He is called to completely cut himself off from all that has occurred in his life up to this point. [more]
A Fur Coat or a Bonfire

A Fur Coat or a Bonfire

By Rabbi Steve Greenberg Noah and Abraham are both paragons of righteousness.  While both characters are deemed virtuous, it is not the similarity of these two moral giants that is highlighted by the biblical text and its interpreters, but their difference.   Noah's righteousness is seen as relative and limited, while Abraham's is essential and full.  [more]
Creation and the Problem of Twos

Creation and the Problem of Twos

Creation and the Problem of Twos Rabbi Steve Greenberg   The starting point of the Genesis story is God.  Before creation, God fills existence.   There is no-thing else, no place for an-other.    God’s oneness is without division or separation.  One is always all-powerful without needing any power-over to be so.   One is stable and sure, [more]
Parshat Vayeira

Parshat Vayeira

The Eshel community was invited to spend a recent Shabbat with the Sixth Street and Stanton Street shuls, two Orthodox communities on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.  The hospitality, hachnassat orchim, extended by these shuls made us feel like these were our communities.  Orthodox allies intermingled, learned together, ate and celebrated with Eshel folk. The biggest challenge of [more]