This coming Sabbath, November 17, we study the parashah called “Vayetzei”. You will find this weekly section in the Book of Genesis 25:10-31:3. In it, we read about the first of Jacob’s dreams, a dream that contains the famous vignette of Jacob’s ladder. As is typical of dreams, we see how Jacob’s subliminal fears and… View Article
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The name of this week’s Parashah (Torah portion) is “Toldot,” and you will find it in the Book of Genesis 25:19-28:9. Toldot literally means “generations” although the word is often used to express the idea of “history” Perhaps the best translation (or at least my favorite) is “generations come and go”. Traditionally many scholars have… View Article
You will find this week’s Torah portion, Chaye-Sarah in the book of Genesis 23:1-25:18. Its name is one of the more ironic titles. Called “Chaye-Sarah meaning the “Life of Sarah” it provides details of Israel’s first matriarch’s death and burial. Having “buried” Sarah the text moves onto her “replacement”. Rebecca will now become Israel’s second… View Article