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

Hidden Plans

Parashat (And He Appeared) Beresheet (Genesis) 18:1 – 22:24 Haftarah: II Kings 4:1–37 There are two very interesting points in our weekly Parashah with regard to Abraham. The first is that God refers to him … Read More

Faith, Love and… Circumcision?

Parashat Lech Lecha (Go Forth) Beresheet (Genesis) 12:1-17:27 Haftarah: Isaiah 40:27-41:16 In this week’s parasha, we learn of yet another new beginning: the life of Abram. Abram, who became Abraham, the father of many nations in … Read More

There is a Rainbow in the Sky

Torah: Beresheet (Genesis) 6:9–11:32 Haftarah: Isaiah 54:1-55:5 In my blog last week, From the Creation of Time, I wrote that I was amazed at how our entire reality is encapsulated in the first six chapters … Read More

From the Creation of Time

Parashat Beresheet: In the Beginning Beresheet (Genesis) 1:1–6:8 Haftarah: Isaiah 42:5–43:10 Once again, the annual cycle of reading the Torah (also known as the “Books of Moses” or the first five books of the Bible) … Read More

Our Temporary Home

On Friday night, we celebrate the first evening of Sukkoth (Feast of Booths or Tabernacles). This weeklong holiday is a time to slow down, and focus on the goodness of God’s provision in our lives. … Read More