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Shabbat VaYera: How Are Jews To Be in the World?

How are Jews meant to be in the world? The answer suggested by Jewish ethics is that with every step and with every word, we are to seek the presence of G-d. That does not mean that we are to treat the world as a game of hide-and-seek, but rather that we are to consider the impact of every word and act. Will this thing that I am about to say, that I am burning to say, bring the Presence more fully into being? Will this act that I plan to undertake bring more wholeness into my life and that of my family, my friends, my companions in community? This week we are given a clear message about the intersection of ethical behavior and the Presence of G-d, as our ancestors struggled to understand it. We have arrived, this week, at the parashat hashavua called VaYera, “[G-d] appeared”. In this

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