An Eternal Light in the Darkness

Parashat Vayeishev (And He Dwelt) Beresheet (Genesis) 37:1-40:23 Haftarah: Zechariah 2:10-4:7 (14-4:7 in the Hebrew Bible) Shabbat Hanukkah December 2023 This week we have a special reading from the Haftarah because Shabbat falls during the … Read More

Edom’s Hatred of Israel

Parashat Vayishlach (And He Sent) Beresheet (Genesis) 32:3 (4 in the Hebrew Bible) – 36:43 Haftarah: Obadiah 1:1-21 In this week’s Parashah, we read a well-known story that once again reminded me of our current … Read More

Mysterious Grace – Part 2

Parashat Vayeizei (And He Went Forth) Beresheet (Genesis) 28:10-32:3 Haftarah: Hosea 11:7-14:10 A couple of years ago, I wrote the following commentary on this week’s portion. As I read it again, I felt it is … Read More

Irrevocable Promises to Israel

Parashat Toldot (Offspring) Beresheet (Genesis) 25:19-28:9 Haftarah Malachi 1:1-2:7 There is a thread of love that runs from God to generation after generation. We see this demonstrated in His relationship with the nation of Israel; … Read More

Standing on the Truth

Parashat Chayei Sarah (The Life of Sarah) Beresheet (Genesis) 23:1 – 25:8 Haftarah: I Kings 1:1-31 Recently on my different social media platforms, I started to post a slogan that says, “Know the truth, share … Read More

Hoping in God Alone

Parashat Vayeira (And He Appeared) Beresheet (Genesis) 18:1 – 22:24 Haftarah: II Kings 4:1-37 God is in control, and He has a plan. While we may not know or understand His plans, we know that … Read More

God is NOT a Liar

Parashat Lech Lecha (Go Forth) Beresheet (Genesis) 12:1-17:27 Haftarah: Isaiah 40:27-41:16 The Bible is full of warnings against false prophets and teachers, and indeed today there are many of them around us. One of the … Read More

Finding Peace in the Storm

Parashat Noah Beresheet (Genesis) 6:9–11:32 Haftarah: Isaiah 54:1–55:5 As I was reading this week’s parashah, there were two main things on which I was reflecting. The first is that our world can change overnight, in … Read More

The Snare of Jealousy & Pride

Parashat Beresheet: In the Beginning Beresheet (Genesis) 1:1-6:8 Haftarah: 1 Samuel 20:18-42 Shabbat Rosh Chodesh (Head of the Month) We are starting another year of the annual cycle of the reading of the Torah – … Read More

Rejoice in His Faithfulness

Parashat V’Zot HaBerachah (And This is the Blessing) D’varim (Deuteronomy) 33:1-34:12 Haftarah: Joshua 1:1-18 Shabbat Simchat Torah This Shabbat is a very special Shabbat as the Jewish people around the world will celebrate Simchat Torah, … Read More