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Do Not Cast Us Off – Parashat Nitzavim-Vayelech by Rabbi Annie Tucker

Chinese tradition tells the parable of an old man who becomes too weak to work in the garden or help out with household chores, who sits idly on the porch all day while his family tills the soil and pulls up weeds. One day, the man’s son looks up and thinks, "What good is my father now that he’s so old? All he does is eat up my food! I have a wife and children to think about; it’s time for him to be done with life!" The son makes a large wooden box and places it on a wheelbarrow, rolls it up to the porch, and asks the man to get in. Continue reading

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