Faith Expressed in Obedience

Parashat Noah Beresheet (Genesis) 6:9–11:32 Haftarah: Isaiah 54:1–55:5 During the past weeks of reflecting on the temporary nature of our time on earth, the questions arose, “With what am I filling my time? How am … Read More

Choose Life

Parashat Beresheet: In the Beginning Beresheet (Genesis) 1:1-6:8 Haftarah: Isaiah 42:5-43:10 We are starting another year of the annual cycle of the reading of the Torah – also known as the “Books of Moses” or … Read More

Leaving a Legacy

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 touching account of Israel (Jacob) nearing his death and requesting his son Joseph to … Read More

Judah & Joseph’s Reconciliation: a Prophetic Picture of Messiah

Parashat Vayigash (And He Approached) Beresheet (Genesis) 44:18–47:27 Haftarah: Ezekiel 37:15–28 A year ago, I wrote about the amazing connection between the Parashah and Haftarah portions this week. As some of what I write in … Read More

Visions from Beginning to End

Parashat Mikeitz (From the End) Beresheet (Genesis) 41:1–44:17 Haftarah: Zechariah 2:14–4:7 Shabbat Hanukkah In this week’s reading, there is a special reading from the Haftara because Shabbat (the Sabbath day) falls during the Feast of … Read More

From Joseph to Yeshua

Parashat Vayeishev (And He Dwelt) Beresheet (Genesis) 37:1–40:23 Haftarah: Amos 2:6–3:8 One of the things I most love about the Word of God is its consistency. Its message is true and unchanging, and it gives … Read More

Judgment On the Spirit of Esau

Parashat Vayishlach (And He Sent) Beresheet (Genesis) 32:3 (4 in the Hebrew Bible) – 36:43 Haftarah: Obadiah 1:1–21 As I wrote in my commentary last year, I was puzzled by the extreme differences between the … Read More

Mysterious Grace

Parashat Vayeizei (And He Went Forth) Beresheet (Genesis) 28:10–32:3 Haftarah: Hosea 11:7–14:10 Our Parasha this week opens with Jacob’s famous dream, where God reaffirms the unconditional covenant that He made Abraham and Isaac, and also … Read More

A Thread of Love

Parashat Toldot (Offspring) Beresheet (Genesis) 25:19–28:9 Haftarah Malachi 1:1–2:7 Something I think we tend to miss in the Scriptures is the thread of love that runs from God to generation after generation. We see this … Read More

Inheritance — Does it Matter?

Parashat Chayei Sarah (The Life of Sarah) Beresheet (Genesis) 23:1–25:8 Haftarah: I Kings 1:1–31 I previously wrote a similar commentary on this Scripture portion. This time, I’d like to expand a little on some of … Read More