Parashat Mikeitz (From the end) Genesis 41:1-44:17

בס"ד Parashat Mikeitz (From the end) Genesis 41:1-44:17 Maftir: Numbers 7:30-41 Haftarah: Zechariah 2:14-4:7 Shabbat Chanukah In this week's Torah reading, the goblet that was placed in Benjamin's sack was found. Joseph orchestrated this as a way of showing to his brothers their sinfulness. In other words, Joseph had the goblet placed in Benjamin's sack so that the brothers would believe that … [Read more...]

Parashat Vayeishev (And he dwelt) Genesis 37:1-40:23

בס"ד Parashat Vayeishev (And he dwelt) Genesis 37:1-40:23 Haftarah: Amos 2:6-3:8 In this week's Torah reading, Joseph is sold into slavery. At first the brothers were planning to kill him. This shows how easy it is for sin to take hold of people and lead them to commit an act of physical violence. One needs to realize that pride and jealousy can be manifested by a strong hatred that leads to … [Read more...]

Parashat Vayishlach (And he sent) Genesis 32:4-36:43

בס"ד Parashat Vayishlach (And he sent) Genesis 32:4-36:43 Haftarah: Obadiah 1-21 In this week's Torah reading, Dinah, the daughter of Jacob, is at the forefront of a chapter. Shechem, the son of Hamor, the Hivvite, sees her and takes her (by force) and lies with her. It is most significant that the text also says that he afflicts her ויענה (See Genesis 34:2). Obviously, this act is most sinful … [Read more...]

Parashat Vayeitzei (And he went forth) Genesis 28:10-32:3

בס"ד Parashat Vayeitzei (And he went forth) Genesis 28:10-32:3 Haftarah: Hosea 11:7-14:10 In this week's Torah portion, Jacob receives revelation concerning redemption. The account of the ladder that reached into the heavens focuses on the work of the Messiah as Yeshua taught in John 1:51. It was immediately after the dream that one reads, "And Jacob lifted up his feet and went to the land … [Read more...]

Parashat Toldot (Offspring) Genesis 25:19-28:9

בס"ד Parashat Toldot (Offspring) Genesis 25:19-28:9 Shabbat Erev Rosh Chodesh Haftarah: I Samuel 20:18-42 One of the most significant passages of the Bible appears in this week's Torah portion. This passage is Isaac's blessing of his younger son Jacob. Isaac did not receive the special revelation that Rebecca was told, namely that it would be Jacob who would carry on the heritage of G-d. In … [Read more...]

Parashat Chayei Sarah (the life of Sarah) Genesis 23:1-25:18

בס"ד Parashat Chayei Sarah (the life of Sarah) Genesis 23:1-25:18 Haftarah: I Kings 1:1-31 In this week's Torah portion, one learns why it is so important to be a child of Abraham. The Bible says that HaShem had blessed Abraham with everything (See Genesis 24:1). If you are thinking to yourself, "I wish that I was like Abraham" you can stop wishing and realize that you can have greater … [Read more...]

Parashat Vayeira (And He appeared) Genesis 18:1-22:24

בס"ד Parashat Vayeira (And He appeared) Genesis 18:1-22:24 Haftarah: 2 Kings 4:1-37 "…but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?" These are the words which Yitzhak (Isaac) asked his father as Abraham was walking with him to offer him as the burnt offering. Yitzhak knew that a burnt offering required an animal to be sacrificed. Although a burnt offering could be from a variety of different … [Read more...]

Parashat Lech Lecha (You Go) Genesis 12:1-17:27

בס"ד Parashat Lech Lecha (You Go) Genesis 12:1-17:27 Haftarah: Isaiah 40:27-41:16 In this week's Torah portion, one learns an important lesson about timing. So many things are dependent upon the proper timing. I will let you in on a secret, your timing is never HaShem's timing and His timing is always the proper timing. Most of the time people are impatient. It is simply hard for one to wait … [Read more...]

Parashat Lech Lecha (You Go) Genesis 12:1-17:27

בס"ד Parashat Lech Lecha (You Go) Genesis 12:1-17:27 Haftarah: Isaiah 40:27-41:16 In this week's Torah portion, one learns an important lesson about timing. So many things are dependent upon the proper timing. I will let you in on a secret, your timing is never HaShem's timing and His timing is always the proper timing. Most of the time people are impatient. It is simply hard for one to wait … [Read more...]

Parashat Noach: Genesis 6:9-11:32

בס”ד Parashat Noach: Genesis 6:9-11:32 Shabbat Chodesh Maftir: Numbers 28:9-15 Haftarah: Isaiah 66:1-24 I will respond to a question that I received this week concerning the Torah portion. In Genesis chapter 9, Noach drinks wine and becomes intoxicated and uncovers himself in his tent. His son Ham saw this and told his two brothers, who in turn decided to cover up their father's nakedness … [Read more...]