Points to Ponder

A few years ago Dr. Sue began writing weekly emails  about the Parsha for her family and friends. She beautifully combined the lessons from the Torah with her own pearls of wisdom as a way of spreading her love and passion for Judaism with her loved ones. The messages she imparted provided inspiration and direction for our daily lives. Her dedication to sharing the ways of Torah, which she held so dear, came through in the form of her Parsha emails we all gained so much from each week. Inspiring others was her dream. By continuing to spread the messages she shared, we make her dream a reality.

Each week we will be posting selected excerpts from her writings on that week’s Parsha. May you find the meaning and inspiration imbedded in her words.

Parshat Vayakhel | A Beautiful Work of “Heart”

Hi everyone! As many of you know, our mom sent out weekly emails with her own commentary on the weekly parsha (Torah portion). Each week she spent hours reading and learning and putting pearls of wisdom from her brilliant heart and mind down on paper. They were originally written for the family, but soon had […]

Parshat Toldot

In Parshat Toldot, Rebecca gives birth to twin boys, Jacob and Esau. Jacob was a gentle and serious child, who spent his time studying. Esau was wild and spends his time hunting. How could the righteous Isaac and Rebecca parent Esau, who was so inclined toward evil? The belief is that Esau was born with […]

Parshat Chayei Sarah

Parshat Chayei Sarah begins with the death of Sarah and then continues to speak about how Abraham sends his loyal servant Eliezer, to find a wife for Isaac. Abraham tells Eliezer that she must be a kind person. Eliezer travels to Charan and meets Rebecca. She returns with Eliezer to marry Isaac. It is written regarding Isaac and […]

Parshat Vayera

This parshah is full of profound parenting lessons. Abraham sent away both Ishmael (his son) and Ishmael’s mother, Hagar. Though it “greatly distressed” Abraham, he listens to Sarah and sends his own son away. Abraham’s childrearing priorities are praised by G-d Himself when He declares that He loves Abraham because “he commands his children and […]

Parshat Lech Lecha

Early in this Parshah, there are hints that Lot (Abram’s nephew) is on a different spiritual level than Abram. We are told that “Abram went as Hashem had spoken to him, and Lot went with him.” There is no indication of Abram embracing the fatherless Lot as an immediate family member. In the next sentence, […]

Parshat Noah

Parshat Noah tells us the story of the Great Flood. There are important parenting lessons in this parshah. At the opening of the parshah, we are told that Noah was a “righteous man, perfect in his generations; Noah walked with G-d.” Later on, one of Noah’s children sodomizes and castrates him. In the Torah’s previous […]

A Letter from Dr. Sue

Dearest Angels: When I started my medical practice in 1986, my plan was to work until old age, caring for multiple generations of patients.  It was not meant to be.  Due to illness, I am now retired. This is not how or why I planned on ending my career, and I greatly regret that I […]