Being Kingdom-Minded

Parashat Va’eira (And I Appeared) Shemot (Exodus) 6:2–9:35 Haftarah: Ezekiel 28:25–29:21 I spent a lot of time this week in prayer seeking God’s wisdom before writing this blog entry. Our weekly Scripture portions — the … Read More

Those Who Came Before

Parashat Shemot (Names) Shemot (Exodus) 1:1–6:1 Haftarah: Isaiah 27:6–28:13, 29:22–23 Again, and again, I am amazed at the richness of God’s Word and its continuity. The deeper we dig, the more treasures we find in … Read More

Standing on the Promises of God

Parashat Vayechi (And He Lived) Beresheet (Genesis) 47:28–50:26 Haftarah: I Kings 2:1–12 In our Scripture portion this week, we find a dramatic account of Israel (Jacob) nearing his death and requesting his son Joseph to … Read More

Our Great Hope

Parashat Vayigash (And He Approached) Beresheet (Genesis) 44:18–47:27 Haftarah: Ezekiel 37:15–28 I found great hope and comfort in this week’s portions from the Parasha and the Haftarah. It was a strong, timely reminder that God … Read More

Dreams for His Glory

Parashat Mikeitz (From the End) Beresheet (Genesis) 41:1–44:17 Haftarah 1 Kings 3:15–4:1 In the past, one of the ways through which God often spoke was through dreams. In his youth, Joseph received two dreams that … Read More

Righteousness

Parashat Vayeishev (And He Dwelt) Beresheet (Genesis) 37:1–40:23 Haftarah: Amos 2:6–3:8 In both our parasha and haftarah portions this week, we read of the importance of treating one another in righteousness. The key question is … Read More

Generational Hatred

Parashat Ekev (Because of) Beresheet (Genesis 32:3 (4 in the Hebrew Bible) – 36:43) Haftarah: Obadiah 1:1–21 As I was preparing to write this week’s blog entry, I was puzzled by the extreme differences between … Read More

Earthly Consequences; Heavenly Mercy

Parashat Ekev (Because of) D’varim (Deuteronomy) 7:12–11:25 In this week’s parasha, we read of the famous story of Jacob & Laban, and Laban’s deception of Jacob in his search for a bride. In this story, … Read More

Why Jacob and Not Esau?

Parashat Toldot (Offspring) Beresheet (Genesis) 25:19–28:9 Haftarah: Malachi 1:1–2:7 In my most recent blog entry I wrote about the fact that both Abraham and David were wholly committed to God’s lineage through which His Seed … Read More

A Thread of Redemption

Parashat Chayei Sarah (The Life of Sarah) Beresheet (Genesis) 23:1–25:8 Haftarah: I Kings 1:1–31 In both the Parasha and Haftarah portions this week, we find an interesting connection between Abraham and David, which I believe, reveals … Read More