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 Vayishlach (And He Sent) 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 … Read More

Earthly Consequences; Heavenly Mercy

Parashat Vayeizei (And He Went Forth) Beresheet (Genesis) 28:10–32:3 Haftarah: Hosea 11:7–14:10 In this week’s parasha, we read of the famous story of Jacob & Laban, and Laban’s deception of Jacob in his search for … 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 Vayeira (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 … 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