Parashat Lech Lecha


And they took Lot, Abram's nephew, and all his substance, and went off... and a fugitive came and told Abram the Hebrew... Abraham, upon hearing that his nephew was kidnapped sprang into action and went into battle to save him. Sforno insists that the fugitive who came and told Abraham that Lot had been kidnapped,

Parashat Lech Lecha2017-10-26T19:29:56+08:00

Parashat Noach


Will our planet last forever? Medievals on both sides of this question appealed to this verse and Maimonides devoted a chapter of The Guide for the Perplexed to expounding it:   "And God said I will not again strike down all living long as all the days of the earth seedtime and harvest /

Parashat Noach2017-10-19T20:35:14+08:00

Parashat Bereshit


What is more important, heaven or earth? The Bible opens with When God began to create heaven and earth...Mentioning heaven first suggests that it takes precedence. Yet, the Midrash points out that a verse in the next chapter reads: On the day the LORD God made earth and heavens - first earth and then heaven.

Parashat Bereshit2017-10-12T09:45:05+08:00



One of the four species we take on Sukkot is the "etrog," a yellow citron. The midrash posits that the citron represents one's heart, and the custom is to procure a sparkling and clean citron. It is said in the name of Rabbi Nahman of Breslov, that the tears of Yom Kippur wash the "etrog"

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