The Kind Approach

“The messengers returned to Jacob, saying, ‘We came to your brother Esau; he himself is coming to meet you, and there are four hundred men with him.’” – Genesis 32:7, JPS 1985 Tanach Jacob’s deference to his Uncle Laban, years earlier, and his forbearance of Laban’s poor treatment of him, foreshadow his self-imposed lowliness, whenContinue reading “The Kind Approach”

Jacob’s Dream

B”H “And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven; and behold the angels of G-d ascending and descending on it.” – Genesis 28:12, JPS 1917 Tanach Prayer is a means of communication, between man and G-d – a connection between earth and heaven.Continue reading “Jacob’s Dream”

Lofty Inheritance

B”H dvar parashas Toldos 5781 “The children struggled.” – Genesis 25:23 “They struggled with one another and quarreled as to how they should divide the two worlds as their inheritance.” -Yalkut Shimoni on Torah 111:2, sefaria.org Rashi comments, “as soon as they leave thy body they will take each a different course – one toContinue reading “Lofty Inheritance”

Her Soul Lives On

B”H “And the life of Sarah was a hundred years and twenty years and seven years; these were the years of the life of Sarah.” – Genesis 23:1, JPS embellished. The previous parashas concludes with the narrative of the Akeidah – the binding of Isaac. This was Abraham’s tenth and final test of emunah (faith)Continue reading “Her Soul Lives On”

Dust & Ashes

B”H parashas Vayeira 5781 “And Abraham answered and said: Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the L-rd, [I] who am but dust and ashes.’” – Genesis 18:27, JPS 1917 Tanach When H’Shem told Abraham that He was about to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah, Abraham responded by attempting to persuade H’Shem notContinue reading “Dust & Ashes”

Lecha Lecha 5781

B”H parashas Lech Lecha 5781 “The L-rd said to Abram, Go forth from your native land and from your father’s house to the land that I will show you.” – Genesis 12:1, JPS 1985 Tanach One rendering of the Hebrew phrase, lech lecha is go for thyself, as commentary reads, for your own benefit, forContinue reading “Lecha Lecha 5781”

Noach 5781

“There were ten generations from Adam to Noah, to make known how long-suffering G-d is, seeing that all those generations continued provoking him, until he brought upon them the waters of the flood.” – Pirkei Avos 5:2 According to tradition, the world was created through the Attribute of Justice; however, the Attribute of Mercy wasContinue reading “Noach 5781”

Bereishis: the Letter Beis

בראשית ברא אלהים את השמים ואת הארץ“When G-d began to create heaven and earth.”– Genesis 1:1, sefaria.org The usual translation is “In the beginning, G-d created heaven and earth.” A more accurate translation would be: “When G-d began to create heaven and earth.” This rendering reflects the understanding that the Torah begins with the actContinue reading “Bereishis: the Letter Beis”

Fiery Torah

“At His right hand was a fiery law unto them.” – Deuteronomy 33:2, JPS 1917 Tanach On Simchas Torah, the entire portion of V’zot HaBeracha is read; this is the last parashas of the Torah. Afterwards, the first part of Bereishis, the first parashas of the Torah is read, in order to make the statementContinue reading “Fiery Torah”

Insights: Sukkot

“Speak unto the children of Israel, saying: On the fifteenth day of this seventh month is the feast of tabernacles for seven days unto the L-RD.” – Leviticus 23:34, JPS 1917 Tanach We are commanded to dwell in sukkot (booths) for a seven-day period, as a commemoration of our dwelling in sukkot – temporary structuresContinue reading “Insights: Sukkot”

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