Parashat Vayetze


Speaking to Lot, his father-in-law and boss, Jacob says: These twenty years I have been with you, your ewes and your she-goats did not lose their young…For me these twenty years in your household I served you…and you switched my wages ten times over. Ultimately, Lot and Jacob make peace. How did Jacob do it?

Parashat Vayetze2022-12-02T02:06:41+08:00

Parashat Toldot


When famine hits, Abraham is forced to leave the promised land and go to Egypt. Isaac faces the same situation but God tells him: Do not go down to Egypt. Stay in the land that I appoint to you. Sojourn in this land so that I may be with you and bless you…Malbim explains that

Parashat Toldot2022-11-26T09:57:28+08:00

Parashat Chayei Sarah, Shabbat Mevarechim


Much of our parasha is taken up with the story of Abraham's anxious instructions to Eliezer to find for Isaac the right wife - but in the end. before Abraham has a chance to interact with Rebekah, Isaac just happens to meet her: And Isaac went out to stroll in the field toward evening, and

Parashat Chayei Sarah, Shabbat Mevarechim2022-11-19T20:29:28+08:00

Parashat Vayera


Before Sodom is destroyed, we read: And the LORD had thought, "Shall I conceal from Abraham what I am about to do? Why did God reveal to Abraham His plan to destroy Sodom? Rashi explains that the answer lies in the next verse: For Abraham will surely be a great and mighty nation, and all

Parashat Vayera2022-11-09T20:23:02+08:00

Parashat Lech Lecha


After Abraham rescues his nephew Lot, we read: After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision, saying, “Fear not Abram I am your shield…” Citing this verse, Maimonides argued that God’s providence over human beings is a function of their righteousness. Since Abraham was willing to endanger himself to

Parashat Lech Lecha2022-11-03T23:51:48+08:00

Parashat Noach


Noah was a righteous man in his generation. Rashi comments that because of these words, some praise Noah, stating that even in his generation, he was great - how much greater would he have been in the times of Abraham when it was easier to be good. Others see it as a criticism of Noah,

Parashat Noach2022-10-29T03:33:30+08:00

Parashat Bereshit, Shabbat Mevarechim


Throughout the account of Creation, when God brings something into being, He simply sates: let there be eg. let there be light, let there be firm ground etc but in creating the human being, God says let us make man. Human beings are an unfinished product, we don't just come into being but rather we are

Parashat Bereshit, Shabbat Mevarechim2022-10-21T09:02:40+08:00

Shabbat Chol Hamoed Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret, Simchat Torah


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-palmis likened to the spine, the etrog-citron fruit to the heart, the hadasim - myrtle to the eyes and the aravot- willow

Shabbat Chol Hamoed Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret, Simchat Torah2022-10-15T01:08:52+08:00

Parashat Vayelech, Shabbat Shuva


Moses went and spoke these words to the Children of Israel. And he said to them, “A hundred and twenty years old I am today. I can no longer sally forth and come in…Rabbi Israel Salanter, founder of the Mussar movement, spent his life preaching about introspection. He died in Koenigsberg far away from his

Parashat Vayelech, Shabbat Shuva2022-09-29T16:02:57+08:00

Parashat Nitzavim


Bells were attached to the high priest's garments so that sound be heard when he comes into the sanctum before the LORD. Quoting this verse, the Rabbis teach that before entering a room, one must knock on the door. Similarly, we are standing at the doorway to a new year and must knock before crossing

Parashat Nitzavim2022-09-23T11:33:49+08:00
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