Toldot by Rabbi David Hartley Mark

Toledote: At Home with Isaac and Rebecca: The Middle Years by Rabbi David Hartley Mark   (Night in the Desert. Isaac sits alone at a campfire. He drinks slowly from a cup of spiced wine, pokes at the embers of the dying fire, and soliloquizes.) Isaac: Father is dead; his chief steward, Eliezer, is also […]

Chayay Sarah by Rabbi David Hartley Mark

Chayay Sarah: The Life of Keturah, Ibrahim’s Concubine by Rabbi David Hartley Mark   Ibrahim took a concubine [after Sarah’s death], whose name was Keturah. She bore him [six sons]. Ibrahim willed all that he owned to Isaac; but to [his] sons by concubines, Ibrahim gave gifts while he was still living, and he sent […]

Vayeira by Rabbi David Hartley Mark

King Abimelech, Sarah, and Abraham (Genesis 20) by Rabbi David Hartley Mark   Greetings, Stranger! You may approach my throne, and touch the tip of my scepter. Why? Why, to show that I am your liege lord and ruler, for as long as you visit my kingdom, that of Philistia, in this, my capital city […]

Lech-Lecha by Rabbi David Hartley Mark

Lech-Lecha: The Testimony of Nachor, Brother of Avram by Rabbi David Hartley Mark   Welcome to my humble tent, Stranger! Sit, and my wife Milcah will fetch you some water to wash your feet. Then, she will bake flat fire-cakes—won’t you, My Dear?—and serve us cakes, milk, and cheese. Roast lamb? With dairy? Ugh! No, […]

Noach by Rabbi David Hartley Mark

A Report from Noah’s Next-Door Neighbor by Rabbi David Hartley Mark   These are the generations of Noah. Noah was in his generation a purely righteous man: Noah walked with GOD. …And the earth was depraved before God, and  replete with violence. …And God said unto Noah: I am putting an end to all flesh; […]

Beraysheet by Rabbi David Hartley Mark

Beraysheet: A Few Words from God the Creator by Rabbi David Hartley Mark   Another year gone by so quickly—and here we are again, at My Creation. What do I think of men and women today? When I remember the Past (which I do in great detail), well, Humankind, it’s a been quite a ride. […]

Chol HaMoed by Rabbi David Hartley Mark

Intermediate Shabbat of Sukkot: Watching Moses from Afar by Rabbi David Hartley Mark   I was there through it all. My name is Safkan ben Mesorah, eighteen rains old, and I belong to the Tribe of Benjamin. Poppa always told me, “Be proud of your tribe, Son. We are small, but powerful. And we were […]

Haazinu by Rabbi David Hartley Mark

Haazinu: An Adaptation for 2018 By Rabbi David Hartley Mark                                         Blossom, O Heavens, when I invoke,                                       Let the round Earth attend to my saga;                                       We laud the LORD, Maker of Heaven and Earth—                                       For all of our lives, He’s the Author.                                         We mortals are human, and oft miss […]

Vayelech by Rabbi David Hartley Mark

I, Gershom ben Moses By David Hartley Mark   Call me Gershom. You may have never heard of me, but I am the firstborn son of Moses. And yet, you have never heard of me, Stranger. Well, why not? Poppa never had much of a home life—oh, but Momma loved him so much!—Zipporah was her […]

Nitzavim by Rabbi David Hartley Mark

Nitzavim by Rabbi David Hartley Mark   You stand this day, all of you, before the LORD your GOD—every man and woman of Israel…from the woodcutters to the water-drawers—to enter into the Covenant with the LORD your GOD…. And not with you alone do I enact this Covenant, with those who are standing with us […]