Monthly archives for October, 2015

Vayeira (And He appeared)


Genesis 18:1-22:24 In a portion filled with several significant, violent events, Vayeira opens with a peaceful story of Abraham welcoming three travelers. This incident illustrates, and maybe, introduces the important Jewish tradition of HOSPITALITY. This is truly a parsha of extremes. We read about three of the most disturbing incidents in Torah: First, Sodom and […]

Lech L’cha – Torah In Hai...


AVRAM’S FIRST BORN SON … NAMED BY AN ANGEL OF GOD … “CALL HIM ISHMAEL” — Genesis 16:1,3-4 Sarai, Avram’s wife, had borne him no children … So [she] took her maid, Hagar the Egyptian … and gave her to her husband Avram as concubine. He cohabited with Hagar and she conceived. Hagar fled after […]

Lech L’cha (Go for yourself)

Lech L'cha

Genesis 12:1 to 17:27 Ten generations after Noah God begins to create a world within the world as Abraham, at age 75, receives a calling from God to “a place that I will show you.” His response changes the course of history. Over the last two parshot we studied the creation of the world. In […]

Noach – Torah In Haiku

Noach was righteous … But still he wasn’t chosen … To be the first Jew —   Noach is called “Ish Tzadik” a righteous man, in his generation (Genesis 6:9). But it will be ten generations before God calls on Abraham to be the first monotheist (Genesis 12:1-3). At first glance it seems strange – […]

Noach (Noah)


Genesis 6:9 to 11:12 The Eternal saw a world filled with wickedness and acted to remove the evil with a flood After the flood God presented mankind with a series of laws (Noahide Laws) to help create a better world. Since my last Torah message I observed two, seemingly unrelated events; the massive flooding in […]

B’reishit – Torah In Haik...


The first commandment … To animals and humans … Be fertile, increase — Genesis 1:22 (after creation of air and sea creatures) “God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply … “ Genesis 1:28 (after creation of land animals and humans) “God blessed them God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply … “ The […]

B’reishit (In the Beginning)


Genesis 1:1 to 6:8 … And again we go back to the beginning. Torah contains two creation stories, together they tell how God created the world, and mankind was placed to cultivate, maintain, and repair God’s creation. How mankind should accomplish this goal comprises most of the rest of Torah. “The earth was a chaos, […]

V’zot Habrachah – Torah I...

V'zot Hab'rachah

​ ולא קם נביא אשר ידעו יהוה פנים אל פנים   Of all the prophets … Just one knew God face to face … None besides Moses — V’zot Habracha is not a regular Shabbat reading. It is the final parashah in Torah, read on Simchat Torah and immediately followed by the first parashah, Bereshit. […]

V’zot Hab’rachah (And Thi...

V'zot Hab'rachah

Deuteronomy 33:1-34:12 In this, the last weekly reading in Torah, Moses meets with God for the last time. Then, we read of Moses’ death and remember him as the greatest prophet that has ever lived. This parsha marks the end … the last parsha of Deuteronomy – the last parsha of Torah – the end […]

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