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It’s the snowball effect, not the snow itself, that I’m reminded of in this week’s Torah portion. Whether it’s a global pandemic or a cycle of systemic oppression, when enough “snow” builds up and starts rolling away from us, it can quickly get out of hand. Like a snowball, problems are easier to control when they’re manageable in size.
As somewhat of a tangential thinker, I can totally relate to this week's Torah portion, in which a seemingly random verse pops up in the middle of the text. But as we learn week after week, the Torah typically draws purposeful connections, even if they aren't always clear right away.
JoAnn Bezodis is a long-time member of our community and a member of our staff; she also has a granddaughter who needs our help. One of twin girls, Jojo was born prematurely with “multiple serious genetic anomalies.” Her diagnosis and prognosis are presented below.
While Hanukkah is a long way off, a Mishnah that I love to teach about Hanukkah comes to mind as I read this week’s Torah portions. Hillel and Shammai, the great rabbinic sparring partners, have a debate about how to light the candles. This debate is about more than a ritual because the candles represent something bigger than just glowing light.