Posts tagged Blessings

Vay’chi (And he lived)

Vay'chi

Genesis 47:25 to 50:26 Jacob blesses Joseph’s two sons. This action starts a tradition that is still alive today and is demonstrated in the traditional blessing of our children on Shabbat.   The title – And he lived – refers to Jacob’s life. The first line of the parsha tells us that Jacob lived in […]

Balak (King of Moab)

Balak

Numbers 22:2 to 25:9 Balaam, a noted gentile prophet in the time of Moses, is asked to curse the Israelite people so they will not be successful in potential conflicts. However, because of God’s power, he can only offer the words which God places in his mouth – words of praise and blessing. These blessings […]

Behar/Bechukotai – Torah In Hai...

Behar /Bechukotai

  The faithful are blessed … The faithless suffer curses … But still, forgiveness — Bechukotai begins with blessings (Leviticus 26:3-9): “If you follow My laws and faithfully observe My commandments … I will look with favor upon you … and I will maintain My covenant with you … “ Then warns of curses (Leviticus […]

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