In this week’s Torah portion, “Chayei Sarah,” we learn of the death of our matriarch Sarah, Abraham’s efforts to secure a permanent burial spot for her, and his desire to find a suitable wife for his middle-aged bachelor son, Isaac.
This has been a difficult week in Israel and in the Gaza Strip. Over the past number of years, hundreds of missiles have been lunched from Gaza into Israel. During the last year in particular, these missile attacks threatened the rather tenuous cease-fire between Hamas (the titular leaders of Gaza) and Israel.
Have you ever found yourself bothered by society’s incessant need for reinvention? For the way we are always looking for the next big thing? Sometimes something new comes on the scene, but just as often, the words of Kohelet (Ecclesiastes) ring true. “There is nothing new under the sun.” It’s our memory, our lack of historical knowledge that are at fault.
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Gato Barbieri was an Argentinian Jazz musician who achieved a measure of fame in the 70’s. Some of his tunes were crossover hits that made it onto the pop charts, such as his rendition of Santana’s tune, Europa. Gato’s interpretation received tremendous airplay. But it’s not his music that’s got me thinking. It’s his writing.