Parashat Lech Lecha


And the LORD said to Abram, “Go forth from your land and your birthplace and your father’s house to the land I will show you. Why did God not show Abraham the land beforehand? Rav Gifter explained that the land of Israel is a place where God more readily reveals things to people for the land

Parashat Lech Lecha2014-10-30T21:07:59+08:00

Parashat Noach


The first man God saves is Noah and his story is an archetype of how one is saved. Rashi points out that God could have saved Noah in many ways – why instruct him to build an ark? One reason is to show that we must always do our bit; even when we deserve Divine

Parashat Noach2014-10-23T20:32:13+08:00

Parashat Bereshit


Abel became a herder of sheep while Cain was a tiller of the soil. Abel became a herder whereas Cain was a tiller. For Cain, work defined him – it was his identity. When the fruit of Cain’s labor was rejected, he took it personally because in his mind, there was no space between who

Parashat Bereshit2014-10-15T18:27:24+08:00

Parashat Sukkot


You shall take for yourself on the first day a fruit…After the High Holidays, comes the festival of sukkot when we bring together four species that resemble four parts of the body. The lulav-palm is likened to the spine, the etrog-citron fruit to the heart, the hadasim-myrtle to the eyes and the aravot-willow to the

Parashat Sukkot2014-10-08T20:37:44+08:00

Parashat Yom Kippur


Throughout Yom Kippur we recite the many confessions found in our mahzor-liturgy, even though they may not apply to us specifically. Why? These confessions are phrased in the plural because the Jewish people are responsible for each other. If someone else has done something wrong, then on some level I am responsible. Another reason is

Parashat Yom Kippur2014-10-02T20:43:04+08:00
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