Parshat Hashavua

Parshah Vayeitzei: What Makes a Place Holy?

Shabbat Shalom! The title of this week’s parshah, Vayeitzei, is conventionally translated as ‘he went out’. Genesis 28: 10-22, at first glance is about our forefather Jacob who is a traveler consumed by all of the emotions associated with leaving his childhood home and encountering the unfamiliar home of his uncle Laban. As the parshah… Continue reading Parshah Vayeitzei: What Makes a Place Holy?

Parshat Hashavua

Parshah Toldot: The Birthright

Shabbat Shalom! This week’s parshah begins with recalling the generations of Isaac and preparing for his future progeny to inherit the “family’s birthright”. Rebekah, Isaac’s wife, has conceived and is carrying two children in her womb. Genesis 25:23 states, “And the Lord said unto her: Two nations are in thy womb, and two peoples shall… Continue reading Parshah Toldot: The Birthright

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Parshah Chayei Sarah: The Importance of Asking Questions

Shabbat shalom. In this week’s parshah, Chayei Sarah - the life of Sarah - Genesis 23 we are immediately greeted with a breakdown of Sarah’s life. We are informed that Sarah has lived 127 years, however her lifespan is broken up into three parts, 100 years, 20 years, and seven years. Rashi, as always, comments… Continue reading Parshah Chayei Sarah: The Importance of Asking Questions

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Parshah Veyera: The Importance of Heart and Mind

Shabbat shalom. In this week’s parshah Vayera, and he appeared, we pick up following Abraham’s circumcision. The basic question the title of this parshah implores us to ask is who appeared? Before we answer that question it is important to recognize that Parshah Vayera is packed with lessons and a multitude of stories. This is… Continue reading Parshah Veyera: The Importance of Heart and Mind