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Mikeitz (At the end)

Genesis 41:1 to 44:17 Dreams are a major part of the Joseph saga. Torah tells us that God is the source of the dreams. As Joseph’s story unfolds we see how he uses these dreams to improve his life and the lives of those around him. This is the second parsha in the four parsha Joseph story. Because of its length, it often called a novella. Thi [...]

Vayeishev – Torah In Haiku

Jacob is deceived … Brothers don’t know Joseph’s fate … Convince dad he’s dead — The plot twists in the Joseph story are dramatic enough for a soap opera – or a Broadway musical. Since for many people the stage show is how the story is remembered, it’s probably worth noting that Andrew Lloyd W [...]

Vayeishev (And he settled)

Jacob's children
Genesis 37:1 to 40:23 The focus is now on Jacob’s children. Most of the action centers on Joseph. A brief interlude features Judah who will play a major part in Joseph’s future. “Jacob now settled in the land of his father’s sojourning, in the land of Canaan.” (Gen. 37:1) This parsha actually begins the story of Joseph, Jacob’s favorite son … [...]

Vayislach – Torah In Haiku

VAYISHLACH (וישלח) MY NAME IS JACOB … BUT THE STRANGE MAN, HE TELLS ME … MY NAME’S ISRAEL — שמי יעקב אבל האיש אומר לי שמי ישראל After they wrestle, the anonymous stranger tells Jacob, “Your name will no longer be said to be Jacob, but Israel” (Gen 32:39). However, as we continue to read about our Patriarch in Torah we will [...]

Vaylishlach (And he sent)

Genesis 32:4 to 36:41 Jacob wrestles with an angel and receives a new name – Israel – “One who wrestled with God and man and prevailed”…. But, a look at Jacob’s life shows that this change is not a benefit for Jacob. After twenty years, Jacob is returning home to Canaan. He knows he will meet Esau, his brother… but, he is concerned about how [...]

Vayeitzei – Torah In Haiku

Ladder to Heaven
​ Alone, on the run … Using stones as his pillows … Jacob goes to sleep — His dream, a vision … With angels on a ladder … And God above it — Arising, he says … “Surely God is in this place … But I did not know” — From Genesis 28:11-16 [Jacob] placed [some stones] at his head a [...]

Vayeitzei (And he set out)

Genesis 28:10 to 32:3 Each of the three traditional daily prayer services are said to be based on the actions of our patriarchs. The Ma’ariv – evening service – had its beginnings in Jacob’s dream experience recounted in this week’s text. “And Jacob left Beersheba and set out for Haran. Coming upon a certain place, he passed the night there, [...]

Tol’dot – Torah in Haiku

​ Rebekah, pregnant … Twin sons struggle inside her … “Why do I exist?” — Soon enough, she knows … G-d says Jacob will prevail … Mom must make it so — As she feels her unborn sons fighting in her womb, Rebekah wonders “If this is so, why do I exist?” (Genesis 25:22). G-d says sheR [...]

Tol’dot (Records)

Second Generation
Genesis 25:19 to 28:9   Isaac and Rebekah represent the Second Generation. Many commentators feel Isaac is only a link between Abraham and Jacob. However, given that Isaac and his wife keep the faith alive to pass on to the next generation, they both are important. Following are the opening words of this parsha: “This is the line of Isa [...]

Chayei Sarah – Torah in Haiku

Cave of Machpelah
    ​ Isaac’s mother dies … Isaac’s dad finds him a wife … Isaac is consoled — Isaac’s father dies … Isaac’s brother mourns with him … Isaac, blessed by God — Genesis 24:67 Isaac brought [Rebekah] to his mother Sarah’s tent … and Isaac was comforted after his m [...]

Chayei Sarah (Life of Sarah)

Cave of Machbpelah
Genesis 23:1 to 25:18 Even though the first words of this week’s text tell of Sarah’s death, the entire portion tells how the actions of Abraham continue the lifelong work of his wife, Sarah. “Sarah lived to be one hundred years and twenty years and seven years. Sarah died in Kiriatharba (that is Hebron) in the land of Canaan, and Abraham pro [...]

Vayeira – Torah In Haiku

Hineini - I am here
    G-d says: Abraham … Abraham says: Hineini … I’m here, I’m ready — Isaac says: Father … Abraham says: Hineini … I’m here, I’m ready — Angel: Abraham … Abraham says: Hineini … I’m here, I’m ready — When G-d commands Abraham to sacrifice his son (Genesis 22:1), when Isaac calls his father to ask about the missing sacrifice (Genesis 22:7 [...]

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