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Parshah Vaera: The Importance of Prayer

Shabbat Shalom! This week’s parshah references God’s interactions with Moshe Rabbeinu (Moses our teacher). The hakodesh baruchu (the holy one blessed be He) reminds Moshe of the brit promised to our avot (the covenant promised to our forefathers) and instructs Moshe and his brother Aaron to lead the Israelites to freedom. Parshah Vaera ends with… Continue reading Parshah Vaera: The Importance of Prayer

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Parshah Vayigash: Truth Comes From an Open Heart

Good Shabbos! Chazal (chachmenu zichronam l’uvracha – our wise sages of blessed memory) share with us that a dvar me’halev nichnas halev (a speech from the heart enters the heart). In this week’s parshah, Vayigash, this becomes evident. The pasicha of our sedra (the opening section of our weekly Torah portion) educates us on how… Continue reading Parshah Vayigash: Truth Comes From an Open Heart

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Parshah Miketz: Although I Don’t Know if it’s a Good Time…

Shabbat Shalom! Miketz is the culmination and summation of the cycle of dreams. Last week Joseph, the head baker, and the wine steward all had dreams. Joseph is imprisoned and what we would refer to today as a pre-trial detainee, but in those times his fate had been sealed…or had it? It all comes down… Continue reading Parshah Miketz: Although I Don’t Know if it’s a Good Time…

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Parshah Vayeishev: It’s Not About What You Say…

Shabbat Shalom! In this week’s parshah we learn about Joseph. Joseph we know as the dreamer, however he is also commonly referred to as Yosef ha’tzadik (Joseph the righteous), which begs the question…was he really a righteous person? In the beginning of chapter 37 we are told that Joseph would bring evil reports about his… Continue reading Parshah Vayeishev: It’s Not About What You Say…

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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?

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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